Bryan Segarra Fund

Bryan Segarra Muse Scholarship Fund

Congratulations to our Bryan Segarra Scholars, 2021:

As we continue to mourn the passing of beloved Muse Scholar Bryan Segarra, we are delighted to congratulate the two first-year Muse Scholars, Victory Ogunnaya and Valeriia Chendyrova, who were awarded the first Bryan Segarra Muse Scholarships in Fall 2021.

About Bryan:

Bryan graduated Hunter in 2016 with a BA in Art History, and was enrolled at Hunter in the Art History MA program in 2019. He was a talented musician who played in multiple bands, including “The Hand Me Downs,” with fellow Muses, Gregory Rocco and Caleb Andriella. Art and music were his passions. He was a committed student, artist and friend. He is sorely missed.

About Victory:

Victory Ogunnaya was born in Brooklyn and raised in St. Albans, Queens. She loves writing, games, music, and watching cartoons and shows. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing a minor in Music. Victory plans to graduate from Hunter College in 2025. She aspires to be an author, as well as a mentor for students at after-school programs.

Victory is honored to accept this scholarship in memory of Bryan Segarra. The Muse program has impacted her life in such a positive way in these past few months, and she is beyond grateful to have been given this opportunity by the program. Muse is such a loving and tight-knit community of creators, artists, and visionaries, and she continues to be amazed by the work that she and her peers create.

About Valeriia:

For Valeriia Chendyrova, a first-year Muse scholar, it is an honor to be part of the Muse program because it offers students an opportunity to work with other creatives. At Hunter, she plans to pursue a BA in Studio Art. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Valeriia intends to apply to graduate school to further her knowledge of her craft and its history. She would like to become not just a practitioner but also an educator. After watching her parents live in appreciation of and with a sense of longing for their homeland and culture, she knew at a young age that she also wanted to cherish her heritage and give back to her community one day.

Much of her art work is related to the effort of achieving the American Dream, or a version of it, while also acknowledging the challenges and limitations that hold people back.

Besides drawing inspiration from her background as a Russian American, she is continuously on a search for self and in the pursuit of understanding human purpose through paintings and multimedia projects. As an immigrant artist, she also desires to create a safe space for other creators that struggle to feel at home in a new country.


We continue to honor Bryan’s memory through this scholarship fund. For every $4,000 we raise, the Bryan Segarra Muse Scholarship Fund will support a Muse Scholar through their four year academic career at Hunter College. We believe this a fitting way to pay tribute to Bryan and we hope you’ll consider making a meaningful gift to support this scholarship.


To donate online, use the donate button:

To send a check to the Hunter College Foundation:

Mail your check to the address below with “Bryan Segarra Muse Scholarship Fund” in the memo.

Hunter College Foundation

695 Park Avenue

East Building, room 1313

New York, NY 10065

Should you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss the scholarship further, you can contact Steven Mark, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at .

Thank you for contributing to honor the memory of our most special Muse.