Mastic Beach, NY - May 31, 2016 - Vittoria Vitucci, a senior at William Floyd High School, was recently accepted to attend NYU Shanghai, a jointly established college between New York University and East China Normal University of Shanghai. She has been awarded a $30,000 scholarship and is one of only 150 international students to be accepted as a member of the class of 2020. NYU Shanghai is the first American college or university to receive independent registration status from China’s Ministry of Education.
In more good news, Vitucci was named the New York State recipient of the McDonald’s National Employee Scholarship, a program that awards high-achieving seniors with scholarships of $2,500 for their post-secondary education. She has been employed at the fast-food establishment over the past three-and-a-half years all while excelling in her academics, participating in a number of extracurricular activities and volunteering her time. Scholarships are given to only one employee per state.
In addition to working part time and her stellar academic career which includes a 34 on her ACT exam, she finds time to serve as a member of the William Floyd High School Key Club, the senior class council, Interact Club (Rotary for students), Youth & Government, the Sound and Light Crew for the high school’s theatrical productions, student government and spends time volunteering at a local food pantry. She was also a Girl Scout for 10 years.
During her high school career, she was named a semifinalist for both the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. She plans on majoring in Global China Studies and may pursue economics as a minor. She hopes to one day work for the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with a track of public diplomacy.