First Cohort of Clear Path Scholars Set to Graduate

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on May 6, 2019, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University’s first cohort of Clear Path Scholars is set to graduate at the university’s annual spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. The cohort of 13 scholars was celebrated at a cording ceremony on April 28, where the students were given red and grey cords and pins to wear on commencement day.

The Clear Path Scholars program is a National Science Foundation funded program supporting students transferring to ESU from community colleges and majoring in select STEM disciplines. Clear Path provides scholarships and gives these transfer students the support they need to complete their degree.

The goal of Clear Path is to learn how to maximize student success in science disciplines, while supporting the scholars’ degree paths. The research into the impact of the support provided to these students will influence the support mechanisms universities provide to all students.

The students graduating in Clear Path’s first cohort are Jacob Butts, a computer science major from Swiftwater, Pa.; Emily Ciaravino, a computer security major from Lords Valley, Pa; Magdalena Costanzo, a biotechnology major from Effort, Pa.; Cole Davis, an environmental studies major from Nazareth, Pa.; Lynn DePhillipo, a mathematics major from Easton, Pa.; Walter Espinoza, a biochemistry major from Allentown, Pa.; Alexandra Gallagher, an environmental studies major from Lenhartsville, Pa.; Diana Leon Magallanes, a biotechnology major from Shawnee on Delaware, Pa.; Rebecca Nagy, a biotechnology major from Lehighton, Pa.; Samuel Pash, a biochemistry major from Orefield, Pa.; Christa Reeves, an environmental studies major form Easton, Pa.; Kristin Roth, an environmental studies major from Allentown, Pa.; and Shannon Smith, a mathematics major from Kingston, Pa.

The Clear Path Scholars program is run under the direction of T. Michelle Jones, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Olivia M. Carducci, associate professor and department chair of mathematics; and Bonnie A. Green, Ph.D., professor of psychology. To learn more about the Clear Path Scholars program visit