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Scholar a lifelong“overachiever”




Alison Kincaid is the youngest of three sib-lings who grew up in the Rochester suburbs.

“I had to work to get the attention growing up and I sort of put that energy into becoming an overachiever,” she said.

That meant spending half-days at the State University of New York College at Brockport when she was a high school senior. These days, it means the Binghamton University junior has a 4.0 grade point average while pursuing a double major. Kincaid, 21, is working toward degrees in management and Spanish as well as an international studies certificate.

She spent her summer doing a magazine internship in Ireland and will study in Spain during the spring semester.

Shes part of the Binghamton Scholars program, a selective four-year honors pro-gram for students of exceptional merit.

“Alison is a superb student with a heart of pure gold,” said George Catalano, a professor of mechanical engineering who is also director of the scholars program. “She has a remarkable record of helping others.”

For the past two years, Kincaid has volunteered as an English conversation partner, meeting with students whose first language is not English so that they can develop their language skills in a non-academic setting. She participates in the Spanish Table, where individuals meet weekly over dinner to discuss culture and current events and practice Spanish.

Kincaid, a devoted blood donor, also serves as a student ambassador. She helps welcome prospective students to campus and goes back to her old high school to talk to students about Binghamton University.

She said she describes the University as a place where students will have access to world-class professors as well as a deep sense of community.

“I love it here,” she said. “Its the best of both worlds.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08