The Lillian Slutzker Honors College at Onondaga welcomes applications for our Honors Scholar cohort (limited to 15 exceptional first-semester freshmen).
A completed application and additional essay questions are required of all Honors Scholar applicants.
A personal interview is required of Honors Scholar applicants forwarded after application review.
The Honors Scholar experience is designed for students who are:
- Intellectually curious, eager to learn, and ready to confront social, ethical, and political questions and dilemmas
- Highly motivated and have demonstrated the potential for academic excellence at the post-secondary level
- Interested in being part of a small, close-knit, and collaborative community of scholars
- Conscientious, considerate, hard-working, and community-oriented
- Planning to complete one of the following degree programs at Onondaga Community College: HMT.AA, GEN.AA, MTS.AS general, MTS.BIO, MTS.GEO, COM.AA, and EXR.AS
About Lillian Slutzker:
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Lillian fled Nazi control in Berlin where she was working in 1939 and settled in England. She made her way to Syracuse, NY in 1947 to marry Emmanuel Slutzker, an American serviceman from Rome, NY whom she met at a USO dance in Wales. Lillian and Emmanuel opened Manny’s Apparel Shop on Marshall Street in Syracuse in 1949. The couple managed Manny’s until Emmanuel fell ill in 1976. For nine years Lillian worked 16-hour days at Manny’s while caring for Emmanuel at night until he passed away in 1985. Although Lillian sold the store in 1995, Manny’s remains a beloved institution in the University community.
After selling Manny’s, Lillian remained connected to the Syracuse community. In the 1990’s, Lillian demonstrated her commitment to higher education and her passion for Syracuse University’s athletic programs and international student population by giving over 2.5 million dollars to the school.
The Honors College at Onondaga is proud to bear Lillian’s name. Honors College students emulate her grit, ambition, and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.