Ever since he was young, Stephen Schultz ’17TCB has heard his dad talk about the glory days of St. John’s Men’s Basketball.
“He’d talk about Walter Berry ’10CPS, Chris Mullin ’98CBA, all the legends,” Schultz recalled. “And my dad still keeps in touch with his college friends from the ’80s. Hearing his stories growing up, I could always tell that this is a special university, so I knew it would be the right fit for me, too.”
Schultz had his heart set on attending St. John’s, and the Camera Legacy Scholarship made it possible. Established in 2001 by Catherine (’65CBA) and Dominic Camera ’64C, the scholarship provides partial financial support to an undergraduate student who is a descendent of another St. John’s alumnus.
“I was so happy when I found out I had received the scholarship,” Schultz said. “It really sealed the deal for me – not only was St. John’s my top choice, but it also made the most sense for me financially.”
Now in his second semester, Schultz is majoring in Economics and is considering double majoring. He’s enjoyed his time on campus, loves his professors and cheers for SJU’s sports team just like his dad did decades ago.
“I’ve been going to games since I was a kid,” he said. “I even watch footage of old games sometimes. Safe to say, I have a lot of St. John’s pride.”
Schultz is amazed by the generosity of alumni and friends, exemplified by the Camera Legacy Scholarship. And seeing his dad reminisce with his college friends, he knows he’s made the right choice.
“My dad and his friends all appreciate the values of the University,” he said. “To me, that means a lot. The fact that so many graduates give their resources to help the younger generation is a testament to how amazing this experience is.”
And Schultz hopes his own St. John’s legacy will carry on for years to come.
“Staying in touch and being involved is important to my family,” he said. “When my four years are up, I hope that I too can start giving back.”
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