Melissa “Missy” Foy, a Chicago native, graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown in 2003, as a Government major. As an undergraduate, she was involved in the Center for Social Justice, GUSA, and with her Class Committees. She also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. What she remembers most powerfully from college were people such as Professor Terrance Reynolds, Dr. Porterfield, and Dean Tad Howard who really cared about her growth as a person – not just as a student. These mentors impressed upon her the powerful impact that a staff or faculty member can have on the student experience.
After two years in the private sector, Missy returned to Georgetown to work for Dean Deacon in Undergraduate Admissions, which would open the door to a life changing opportunity. In addition to her duties as an admissions officer, Dean Deacon encouraged Missy to work with students in the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP), most of whom are first generation college bound. After working with these incredibly talented and tenacious young men and women for three years in Admissions, Missy was appointed as GSP’s first official employee in 2008. As the program’s director, she has overseen its growth from 50 students to 640 students and 450 graduates – as well as hundreds of alumni volunteers. She is proud of GSP’s 97% graduation rate and its mission that these students “not just survive but thrive”. She considers it an honor and a privilege to work with these students, volunteers, and her talented and committed team.
Candace Holmberg grew up in Southern California where she received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from California Baptist University. She has worked in higher education for the past five years, mainly within the financial aid realm. She particularly enjoys assisting and connecting students with their money questions. Within GSP, Candace oversees the operations side of our office. She also coordinates the application process for both our Necessity Grant and the Professional Development and Educational Enrichment fund. Finally, she also coordinates our pre-orientation program Preparing to Excel (PEP).
Mariana Gonzalez hails from Chicago, IL and is a 2015 graduate of the McDonough School of Business. She studied marketing and international business. A GSP grad herself, Mariana interned in the office for two years before being brought on full time in July. She manages the intern team, works with students interested in joining GSP via Honorary GSP Membership, and coordinates marketing and social media initiatives. Her area of expertise is event planning and has ensured that events and student programming such as the Induction Ceremony and leadership Weekend run flawlessly.
Corey Stewart is a native of Saratoga Springs, NY and a 2015 graduate from Georgetown where he studied Culture and Politics in the School of Foreign Service. He serves as our Program Coordinator and an advisor for first year male students. Twice a week he hosts students in his office for “Cookies with Corey” where they discuss life on the Hilltop and ways that GSP can help on their college journey. Corey has thus far focused on instituting more comprehensive pre-med programming.
Dr. Daniel K. Phillip has always been personally and professionally invested in helping others thrive in new environments, as he once had to learn how to navigate college as an immigrant to the US. While completing his doctoral training at Loyola University Maryland, he became interested in student health and affairs and served as a Graduate Residence Coordinator for three years. He noticed the overlaps between his work with students and with his clients in hospitals and community health centers, and focused his education on concerns experienced by young adults. He is a community-focused Psychologist who prioritizes listening to the needs of different groups to determine how, in collaboration with campus and community resources, he could assist in meeting those needs. Dr. Phillip will provide support to the GSP community and has an open-door policy for students, staff and faculty. As the newbie to the GSP team, he is excited to meet the Georgetown community so please drop by and say hello!
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Contact the GSP Program Office Monday through Friday, 10am – 6pm.
Phone: 202-687-7351Georgetown Scholarship Program Office G-19 Healy Hall Box #571252 Georgetown University 37th & O St. NW Washington, DC 20057