Petroziello selected for International Scholar Laureate Program
SCRANTON, Pa. – Thanks in equal parts to her scholarly efforts at Lackawanna and outgoing personality, one of the College’s Business Studies majors will get a firsthand lesson in international business and entrepreneurship in Australia this month.
Jessica L. Petroziello, 23, of Scranton, was selected to participate in the International Scholar Laureate Program’s delegation on Business and Entrepreneurship. She will spend 10 days in and around the international business hubs of Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, as well as a cultural extension to explore Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Petroziello, a 2010 graduate of Scranton High School, returned to the classroom nearly three years later after a friend challenged her to take one of Lackawanna’s entrance exams. She began as a part-time student while helping to care for her mother at home.
Because of her successes in class, she was first inducted in 2014 into Lackawanna’s Beta Kappa Alpha chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges and universities. Her scholarly efforts through PTK made her a prime choice for its International Scholar Laureate Program, which annually selects the nation’s top college and university students to join international delegations and travel to the world’s most prominent and important centers of business, medicine, health care, technology, and diplomacy.
She said the trip would not have been possible without the support of Lackawanna’s administration, her family, and additional funds from Covenant Presbyterian Church. She also received additional support from Dress for Success Lackawanna, an organization that provides professional attire and support to women across the region.
Lighthearted and outgoing, Petroziello has already found success as a student leader. She serves as the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter president, vice president of the Phi Beta Lambda business club, and commuter representative for both the Student Government Association and Falcon Ambassador Board.
Her travels overseas will prevent her from attending the College’s graduation ceremony on May 23, but she intends to return to Lackawanna in the Fall of 2015 for a second degree in Petroleum & Natural Gas Measurement.
PTK Advisor and Mathematics Instructor Katherine Fisne said she’s particularly pleased to see Petroziello pursue the unique opportunity. The two have become fast friends in organizing support and logistics for the trip.
“I’m also excited to have the opportunity to get more students involved in the program and to showcase all of the benefits that PTK has to offer its members,” Fisne added.