2016 Ambrose R. Nichols Jr. Scholarship

Shauna Fassino
Nursing Major
School of Science and Technology


Shauna Fassino has wanted to be a nurse since she was 12 years old. She was already attending Sonoma State, hoping she would be accepted into the university's prestigious nursing program, when her grandfather had what would be a fatal stroke in February 2015.

He had wanted her to become a nurse as much as she did, and it was difficult to recover from the emotional loss. But the 2016 Ambrose R. Nichols Jr. Scholarship recipient didn't falter. Instead, she pursued her goal even harder to honor her grandfather's wishes.

"Losing my grandfather has been one of the hardest experiences I have ever encountered," she says. "I miss him every day, but it also gave me even more drive to become a nurse and help others." And when she was accepted into the nursing program at the end of the semester, she says she felt her grandfather celebrating with her.

The junior is now president of the Nursing Club, a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and volunteers with student-run community service organization JUMP (Join Us Making Progress), all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She plans to graduate in 2017 and pursue a Master's degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.

"I want to help families in their most vulnerable state, and ultimately give back to the communities that have given so much to me throughout the years," she says.

Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Scholarship

Each year the SSU Alumni Association sponsors two scholarships specifically honoring SSU student-athletes for the school year. Ten years ago, the SSU Alumni Association Board of Directors established these athletic scholarships for two deserving student-athletes, one male and one female.

Each student-athlete that is selected for the scholarship receives a framed certificate and a $750 athletic scholarship provided by the SSU Alumni Association to be awarded for the following academic year.  Please note that the scholarship recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student for the Fall semester to be eligible to receive the scholarship award.

To be considered for this scholarship and the accompanying athletic scholarship, a student-athlete must submit a one to two page essay describing his or her outstanding achievements relative to intercollegiate competition, academics and community service. Click here to view the guidelines for the scholarship.

The SSU Alumni Association Board of Directors select a male student-athlete scholarship recipient and a female student-athlete scholarship recipient. The scholarships are presented at the Annual SSU Sports Awards Night, "The Wolfies."

This year's recipients are Nathan Bernstein, baseball and Kelsey Hull, women's volleyball.

2014-15 Outstanding Student-Athlete Scholarship Recipients

Nathan Bernstein
Sport: Baseball
Position: Infield

Kelsey Hull

Sport: Women's Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter



Past Winners of the Outstanding Student Athlete Scholarships are
Nathan Bernstein, Patrick Maloney, Travis Newman, Steven Pratt, Keala Peterson, Jesse Talaugon, Scott Gaynor, Lindsay Brown, Morgan Rodriguez, Danae Wellander, Andrew Bailey, Christina Maher, Danielle McDavid, and Nestor Bernabe.