Vittoria Vitucci, a senior at William Floyd High School, has been awarded a $30,000 scholarship.
Vittoria Vitucci (left) with her guidance counselor, Dana Garner.
Mastic Beach, NY - May 31, 2016 - Vittoria Vitucci, a senior at William Floyd High School, was recently accepted to attend NYU Shanghai, a jointly established college between New York University and East China Normal University of Shanghai. She has been awarded a $30,000 scholarship and is one of only 150 international students to be accepted as a member of the class of 2020. NYU Shanghai is the first American college or university to receive independent registration status from China’s Ministry of Education.
In more good news, Vitucci was named the New York State recipient of the McDonald’s National Employee Scholarship, a program that awards high-achieving seniors with scholarships of $2,500 for their post-secondary education. She has been employed at the fast-food establishment over the past three-and-a-half years all while excelling in her academics, participating in a number of extracurricular activities and volunteering her time. Scholarships are given to only one employee per state.
In addition to working part time and her stellar academic career which includes a 34 on her ACT exam, she finds time to serve as a member of the William Floyd High School Key Club, the senior class council, Interact Club (Rotary for students), Youth & Government, the Sound and Light Crew for the high school’s theatrical productions, student government and spends time volunteering at a local food pantry. She was also a Girl Scout for 10 years.
During her high school career, she was named a semifinalist for both the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. She plans on majoring in Global China Studies and may pursue economics as a minor. She hopes to one day work for the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with a track of public diplomacy.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."