NYS Chief of Staff Scholars
2018 Ė Inaugural Class

Recognizing Excellence in the Next Generation

In 2011, the FAATY Award expanded its noble mission of recognizing excellence by supporting the next generation of public servants through the Michael Kinsella Scholarship at LeMoyne College. Named in honor of a beloved founder of the FAATY tradition, the Kinsella Scholarship will assist young college students committed to learning the public policy process and utilizing that knowledge for the betterment of our society. In 2017, the Kinsella Scholarship was fully endowed.

In 2018 we undertook a new effort. Partnering with the State University of New York and the New York State Society, the FAATY Award launched a scholarship program to support New York students interning in Congress. The awardee must be a New York college student with demonstrated interest and high potential for a career in public service, but who otherwise would be unable to intern in Washington without financial support.

Thanks to your generous support, it is our great honor to introduce the first class of New York State Chief of Staff Scholars!

The FAATY Committee

Gabrielle Bruno

Gabrielle Bruno

Hometown: Schenectady, New York
School: SUNY Cortland Ď18
Major: Political Science and International Studies, concentration in Global Economic Systems
Internship: Rep. Elliot Engle (NY-16)

Gabrielle is a recent graduate of SUNY Cortland where she was a dual major in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Global Economic Systems. During her time at SUNY Cortland, Gabrielle was a member of the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and a Deanís list recipient. During her third year at SUNY Cortland, Gabrielle received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, allowing her the opportunity to study and live in Salamanca, Spain for a semester, further growing her love of travel, different cultures, and ways of life.

Gabrielle was able to finish her Bachelorís degree while interning in Washington, DC this past summer at Franklin Square Law Group and then in Congressman Eliot Engelís DC office (NY-16). During her internship at Franklin Square, Gabrielle engaged with clients, drafted material utilized in court, and researched laws and legal regulations in the greater DC metropolitan area. Gabrielle also had the opportunity to intern in Congressman Engelís office where she was responsible for communicating with constituents, assisting the Congressmanís staff, and providing Capitol Hill tours. She is currently working as a clerk at Jackson Lewis P.C. in Albany, NY.

From an early age, Gabrielle was taught by her family to value life and education. Her grandparents came to the United States from Bari, Italy, a small, agricultural based town, in 1968, in hopes of creating a better economic future for their family. Gabrielle has always been reminded of the importance of education, especially by her grandmother, who was only able to complete up to an 8th grade education before entering the workforce. Because of values instilled on her by her grandparents and mother, Gabrielle is currently applying to law school in hopes of focusing on civil rights and immigration law.

Mark Corey

Mark Corey

Hometown: Watertown, NY
School: SUNY Potsdam Ď18
Major: Political Science
Internship: Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20)

Mark was born in Watertown, NY. He went to General Brown High School in Dexter, NY until June 2015, when Mark graduated and began his collegiate career at SUNY Jefferson Community College. In December 2016, Mark graduated from SUNY Jefferson with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences. In the spring of 2017, Mark transferred to SUNY Potsdam.

At SUNY Potsdam, Mark is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science. He chose this degree as he would like to use government as a means of helping those in need. Mark is currently completing his last semester as part of the SUNY Brockport Washington D.C. Internship Program. He is a legislative intern in the Office of Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20).

Mark worked for the Jefferson County Department of Employment and Training during the summer of 2018 as a Summer Youth Counselor. He received a Jefferson-Can Scholarship while at Jefferson Community College and is an Alumni Promise Scholarship recipient at SUNY Potsdam.

Mark plans to work to help government benefit its citizens and be transparent and efficient. Following graduation in December, he will return to Jefferson County where he hopes to find a position in Jefferson County government.

Rachel Trott

Rachel Trott

Hometown: Rochester, NY
School: University at Buffalo Ď18
Major: Political Science & Communication, Paralegal Certificate
Internship: Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22)

Rachel is currently in her senior year at the University at Buffalo. She is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication as well as her Paralegal certification. Rachel is a member of the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi and a member of the College Republicans at UB and her hometownís Republican Committee. Rachel is also a consistent recipient of the Deanís List.

Rachel credits her hard work ethic to her parents, who always taught her to persevere and never give up, no matter what obstacles crossed her path. Rachel, a premature triplet born 11 weeks early weighing in at 2.6 lbs, faced many challenges in her early life. Having an identical sister and a brother diagnosed with Autism, Rachel learned to get along with others, celebrate each otherís differences, and shine as a natural leader. Rachelís strong work ethic is reflected in her working as a student assistant at University of Buffaloís Student Unions and Student Engagement office, in addition to working as a counselor at her Townís Recreation department since her Junior year in high school.

Rachel has previously interned with State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer in Buffalo, NY. This past summer, Rachel spent her time in Washington, D.C. interning for Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) where she attended legislative hearings and briefings, wrote memorandums and speeches, and assisted staff with projects. Once she was back home, Rachel spent the remainder of her summer interning with Dr. Jim Maxwellís congressional campaign (NY-25) where she researched and wrote talking points on an array of local, state, and federal issues, assisted with voter outreach, and attended events ranging from town halls to interviews. Rachel plans to return to our nationís capital after graduation to pursue a position in public policy.

Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
School: SUNY Buffalo State Ď18
Major: History with minors in African American Studies and Political Studies
Internship: Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)

Samantha was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She is the youngest of three siblings and will be the first in her family to graduate with a bachelorís degree. Growing up in a low-income family, she understood the urgency to continue her education. Her parents were unable to fund her going to college, so she maintained a full-time job and depended on financial aid and loans throughout college in order to provide for herself.

Samantha is a senior at SUNY Buffalo State College majoring in History, with minors in African American Studies and Political Studies. In school, she spent two semesters interning at low performing, urban schools in Buffalo. There, she had the opportunity to work closely with students of various backgrounds and engage in differential instruction. She then spent a semester volunteering at the Buffalo State Academic Center where she got the opportunity to tutor non-English speaking immigrants who were preparing to take their U.S. citizenship exam.

Her passion for political history and experiences in diverse classrooms sparked an interest in public policies designed for minorities and individuals in protected classes. As a senior in college, she is spending her last semester of college interning with her district Congressman, Brian Higgins (NY-26) on Capitol Hill. Samantha is currently seeking a fulltime position on Capitol Hill and will be applying to Howard Law School.


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