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Annual Fund Scholarship Recipients

Meet some of the grateful scholarship recipients who have been directly impacted by the ongoing generosity of donors like you.

Miguel Bernardino '19

Miguel Bernardino Major: Accounting

Miguel is a soccer enthusiast and his passion led him to create his own team, which he manages, plays and coaches. Developing friendships with the Iona club soccer team has been amazing for Miguel and he plans to enjoy his Iona years together with these friends. “I aspire to stand out in the crowd, and make a name for myself. I want to learn from those who have been in my shoes and have become successful. My goal is to become an accountant and work for the biggest firms in the world. I want to be the best! I want to start my own firm and achieve financial success, so I can give back to my family and community. Iona graduates are successful because we value hard work. I plan to live out my dreams and earn my place in the world with Iona values.”

Chaz Rahynes '21

Chaz Rahynes Major: English
Minor: Economics


Chaz is a member of the Iona College men’s rowing team. He has participated in IonaTHON to support the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., cleaning up New Rochelle streets, Midnight Run, and he is a tutor in the ASSET after-school educational enrichment program. “I chose Iona because the campus is beautiful, and it is close to my home in Manhattan. My professors not only teach their coursework, but also life lessons. They have a good sense of humor and make themselves available to talk outside of class.”

Brianna Marrero '20

Brianna Marrero Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Psychology


Brianna is a mentor in the MOSAIC Mentorship Program, committed to the success of first-year Iona students, and she is a member of the Criminal Justice Club and Golden Key Honor Society. “I encourage freshmen to become involved on campus, and to be open to meeting new people because they will leave an imprint on your heart. I’ve become self-aware at Iona and learn something new every day. I am a first-generation college student working very hard to change my community and inspire others. I have absorbed Iona’s values of devotion to integrity and diversity and the pursuit of knowledge and truth. I will uphold these values throughout my life and in my career.”

Ashley Goldsberry '20

Ashley Goldsberry Major: Psychology
Minor: Social Work


Ashley is an intern at Habitat for Humanity and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services. She has been on the Dean’s List since freshman year and has earned all As since she was a sophomore. “New experiences are intimidating, but you will be surprised by the inner joy you’ll feel when you push yourself outside your comfort zone. My psychology professor, Dr. Brian Cesario, is an inspiration. His professional demeanor and vast knowledge is immediately evident in the classroom, and I hope to be equally knowledgeable in my field someday. My career aspiration is to care for others when they feel alone and helpless.”

Gianna Prunesti '20

Gianna Prunesti Major: Accounting

Gianna is vice president of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and a member of the Accounting Club and Golden Key Honor Society. She has participated in Midnight Runs, IonaTHON and Relay for Life. Gianna is an intern at Pepsico in Purchase, N.Y., and plans to become a certified public accountant. “My accounting professor, Dr. Marie Elaine Gioiosa has had the biggest influence on me as a student. She was my first accounting professor and the reason I continued on this career path. I have achieved a lot at Iona and I have become a strong leader. I am proud to be the vice president of my sorority and landing a competitive internship at PepsiCo. Iona has taught me to make the most of every opportunity and always help others.”