The Victor Balowitz Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 in memory of Victor Balowitz. It may fund an annual scholarship for an undergraduate student (full-time or part-time) majoring in philosophy who must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients are selected by a plurality of the full-time Philosophy faculty.
Victor Balowitz (1931-1996) received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia in 1969. He started teaching at BSC in 1964 where he pursued his interests in Frege and Descartes. In 1994 Professor Balowitz received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
For more information on Professor Balowitz, please read this memorial, which appeared in the American Philosophical Association Proceeding and Addresses (November 1996).
Previous Scholarship Recipients
Nadeen Bawab, ACH, Philosophy and Individualized Studies
Jason Offerman, Philosophy and German Minor
Jenna Tomasello, Philosophy and Legal Studies Minor
Nathan Grammer, Philosophy
Thomas Vrabel, Philosophy and Political Science
David Whitehead is a Philosophy major with a second major in English. As a junior, David is maintaining an impressive 4.0 GPA. He has also presented an impressive number of papers at conferences around the country, including: “Ms. Good and Mr. Fairbourne: A Dialog Concerning the No Child Left Behind Program” for the 2008 BSC Department of Philosophy Spring Colloquium Series and for the 13th Annual SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, 2008; “Tying the String Theories of Life: The Bartimaeus Trilogy and Modern Science” for the 29th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, 2008, Orlando, FL; “Aristophanes, Aristotle, and Socrates: On Love (eros) and Virtue” for the 2010 Department of Philosophy Spring Colloquium Series and for The College of New Jersey/ Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium Undergraduate Conference, 2010; “What Would Waggit Want?: Questing for an Ethical Philosophy in the Runelords Saga” for the 31st Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, 2010, Orlando, FL; and “Emotions…Remember Those?” for the Inaugural Undergraduate Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology, 2010
Darla-Jo Joyce ‘09 came to BSC in 2006 having earned an Associate’s Degree from Erie County Community College; she has also studied philosophy at SUNY Brockport. Formerly an Anthropology major, Darla-Jo changed her major to Philosophy in 2008 and maintained a 3.83 GPA in her major. In Spring 2009 she presented a paper for the Student Colloquia titled "The Possibilities of Inquiry," as well as commenting on another student paper the same session, titled "Doubt It: Skepticism as a Virtue in Science." Darla-Jo is seriously considering pursuing her Ph.D. in Philosophy.
Jacob Platt ’09 came to Buffalo State in 2007 as a Design major with an Associate’s Degree from Niagara Community College. At BSC Jacob earned a 3.58 in Philosophy.
Yevgeny Yarmolinets ’09 came to BSC in 2003 from Brooklyn, NY and earned a 3.85 in Philosophy while also pursuing a minor in Psychology. Gene was a regular participant in our Faculty-Student Colloquia. In Fall 2006, he served as commentator for a student paper titled "Intelligent Design 101 (with Statistics)"; in Fall 2007 Gene commented ably on a faculty paper by Jerry Nosich, Ph.D., titled "Two Short Arguments, From Science, on the Non-existence (or Non-Involvement) of God"; and in Spring 2008 Gene presented a new paper he wrote for the colloquia series, titled "Can Intellectuals Be Decent Human Beings?"
For more information, please contact Kimberly Blessing, Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy, 716.878.5136 firstname.lastname@example.org
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