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Former Presidential Scholars


Students who have attended SUNY Delhi as Presidential Scholars have gone on to satisfying and rewarding work at other institutions and in business.  For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, please click here.


James Gunipero graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Presidential Scholar from the Automotive Program at SUNY Delhi in 2007.  He transferred to the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He is currently taking courses in Pneumatics and Hydraulics, Applied Dynamics, Design Dimensioning and Tolerance, and Ethics, and he has maintained a 3.98 GPA.  He is also co-Vice President of the RIT Tennis Club as well as a member of the Student Environmental Action League.  James plans to study abroad in New Zealand, focusing on Environmental Science and Chemistry, and after graduation hopes to obtain work in the automotive field with Toyota, GM, Honda, Ford, or Bosch, all industry giants that have extensive ties to RIT.

Of his time at Delhi, James says, "I know that my experience and certifications from Delhi will set me apart from the rest.  Having a degree in this instance will be just as important if not more so than experience!"


Matthew KingMatthew King graduated from SUNY Delhi in the spring of 2005.  His major, business management, fueled his interest in business and helped him to understand its mechanics.  While attending SUNY Delhi, Matt started a summer painting business with a high-school friend that has continued for five years.  After Delhi, he was accepted into the economics program at Binghamton University.

While at BU, Matt took a semester off from his studies and went to Europe for six months where he traveled, worked, and met people who gave him a more complete perspective of the world.  He valued learning about different Euopean cultures and being exposed to various points of view, especially regarding the United States.

After he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2007, he spent about a year in Chciago, reading, studying, networking, and outlining scores of potential business plans.  Currently, he and his business partner are in the process of writing up the business plan for a referral business that will help to facilitate the relationship between homeowners and contractors.


Jenna WhittakerJenna Whittaker graduated from SUNY Delhi with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in English from Ithaca College.  While at Ithaca, Jenna was a member of the honors program, served as co-President of Sigma Tau Delta (the English honor society), presented papers at various undergraduate conferences, and completed an honors thesis entitled: "The Touch of the Poet: Creating Physical Form in the Poetry of Sidney, Wroth, and Lanyer."

She is currently attending Indiana University at Bloomington, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature and working as an Associate Insturctor of composition.  She plans to specialize in Renaissance Literature and minor in Gender Studies.  Broadly speaking, her scholarly and teaching interests include: 16th- and 17th-century English literature (particularly lyric poetry), women writers of all periods, adaptations of Ovidian mythology, literary automata, history of the book, and multicultural American literature.

Contact Info

Dr. Terry Hamblin
Honors Program Coordinator


Last Updated: 2/19/16