2014 Recipient of the Matthew Ross Wanetik
Memorial Scholarship

Jesse Montes

Jesse Montes

The 2014 recipient of the Wanetik Award is junior Jesse Montes ’15.  Like Matt Wanetik, Jesse was a member of the International Relations Learning Community in his first year here at Syracuse.  Also like Matt, he is combining his major in International Relations with a major in Political Science and a minor in Global Political Economy.  Jesse recently added a minor in Global Enterprise Technology.  Like Matt, Jesse also studied abroad – Jesse’s choice was Madrid, Spain.  In his interview, Jesse described an adventure he and a friend had backpacking on their own over a long weekend to find a particular tourist destination following “El Camino de Santiago” -- and his big grin and enthusiasm in telling this tale was very reminiscent of Matt.

In addition to being a full-time student, Jesse works over 20 hours/week at SU dining as a student manager.  He is from Alta Vista, California, where he played varsity soccer for his high school team (now he plays intramural), and is the first in his family to pursue a 4-year college degree.  His career goal is to have any job where he can travel – perhaps international business.