2016 Recipient of the Matthew Ross Wanetik
Memorial Scholarship

Francis Morency 

Francis Morency 2016

The 2016 recipient of the Wanetik Award is junior Francis Morency ’17. Like Matt, Francis was a member of the International Relations Learning Community in his first year here at Syracuse and is now majoring in International Relations; he also served as a Resident Advisor for the IRLC in his sophomore year.  Like Matt, he also studied abroad in Strasbourg as a junior, where Francis interned at the Council of Europe.  Also like Matt, Francis is a member of a fraternity – Alpha Kappa Psi – and he is a basketball and baseball fan – he follows the Miami Heat and the Florida Marlins rather than the 76ers and the Phillies. In terms of his personality, Francis also demonstrates the kind of joie de vivre that Matt did.

Francis is from Miami, Florida, and has three older brothers and an older sister; his parents are originally from Haiti. Francis is a first-generation college student and a POSSE Scholar. After graduation, Francis hopes to travel, perhaps joining the US Peace Corps or Teach for America, then law school, and ultimately to have a career in public service or the non-profit sector practicing law related to human rights and immigration.