The ACE Scholarship Mentors – In Their Own Words

Graphic Illustration by Milan Fredricks

Every year, students who are within 30 credits of graduating are invited to apply for the CUNY SPS ACE Scholarship. The scholarship provides full tuition until graduation. To be considered, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, enroll for a minimum of 6 credits, and demonstrate financial need. As part of their award requirements, ACE Scholars mentor newly-admitted undergraduate students and act as ambassadors for the school. To fulfill the duties of the scholarship each recipient writes an essay about their ACE experience. The Kiosk will be publishing these essays each Wednesday.

The following essay is by Rose Beauplan, who is in the B.S. in Nursing program.


I am honored to be one of the recipients of the ACE Scholarship. This scholarship is helping me achieving my dream to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I must admit that my stress level has been significantly reduced since I no longer need to worry about not having enough money to cover my tuition. The ACE Scholarship has allowed me to focus solely on completing the courses.

My journey has been a long and hard one. I came to the United States as an asylum in 2003. I was lucky to leave my hometown in one piece. Working as a journalist, where I came from, is a perilous profession. I became a single mother and found myself with the difficult task of providing for myself and my daughter in a new county, and unable to speak the language too. I knew that going back to school was my only way out. Saying that it was rough, is an understatement. Having a baby, working a full-time job and finding a way to attend classes at night, was the most difficult thing I had to do. I graduated as an LPN from LaGuardia Community College in 2009 and have been working as a nurse since. Two years ago, I finally decided to go back to school and became a licensed registered nurse last year.

What the ACE Scholarship Meant to Me

Having used up all my financial aid, and with over $30,000 of student loan debt, I was struggling to pay for this degree. With the ACE Scholarship, my only stress now is to focus on obtaining my degree next year. My dream is to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner. I am very motivated and can finally heave a sigh of relief.

I am looking forward to my graduation and can see myself working as a pediatric or cardiac nurse. I am excited that I can focus on learning new skills that will serve me in the field following my graduation. I love working as a nurse and I`m thankful for this honor.

Working as a mentor is really the cherry on the cake. I valuate my interactions with the new mentees and this scholarship is allowing me to give back to other students, just a little bit, from everything I got from CUNY.


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