Governor Cuomo Announces First STEM Incentive Scholarship Winners

October 9, 2014

From the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

 

More Than 600 Top Scholars Awarded Full Tuition Scholarships and Commit to Working in New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today recognized the first recipients of the New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program. Launched by the Governor earlier this year, the program is providing full tuition scholarships to more than 600 high-achieving students for the 2014-15 college year. These scholarships are offered to students in the top ten percent of their high school class if they pursue a STEM degree in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for at least five years after graduation.

“We created the STEM Incentive Program to encourage our top scholars to pursue high-demand, high-tech careers in New York – and this first class of students is proof that tremendous opportunity awaits those who chose to build their future in this State,” Governor Cuomo said. “By helping our best and brightest students launch their careers in STEM fields here at home, we are making an investment in our State’s future that will help drive the economy and create opportunities for years to come. I congratulate the recipients of this first round of incentive scholarships, and I look forward to their success and contribution to our world-class workforce.”

The first STEM recipients – all of whom receive full tuition awards to attend college at one of the State’s 87 public colleges and universities – are graduates of high schools located in 55 counties across the State, and have enrolled in two-year and four-year colleges at 36 SUNY institutions and 11 CUNY colleges. Nearly 900 students were deemed eligible to receive awards, representing approximately 80 percent of first year applicants. Applications were accepted through August 15.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “This is a proud day not only for the 600 students who comprise our inaugural class of STEM scholars and their families, but for all of New York as we collectively address one of our most critical workforce needs through the STEM scholarship program. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s innovative vision and leadership, public colleges and universities in every region of the state are poised to educate and train the next generation of STEM experts who will build successful careers in New York. Congratulations to all of the students and campuses participating."

CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken said, "Today's announcement by Governor Cuomo of the first STEM Incentive Scholarship recipients sends a powerful signal to students, parents, educators, and the public that New York is training and retaining the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are pleased to be partners in the Governor's ambitious plans for New York to be a leader in the innovation economy. Programs like this one will help us achieve this goal."

Alex Beck, a freshman at SUNY Binghamton, said, “The STEM award has been a tremendous help to me. I have always been strong in the fields of math and science and I'm interested in how things work. Because of this I feel that engineering is the perfect career path for me to take. Since the STEM award covers my tuition payments it has made my dream of being an Engineer much more affordable and, in turn, that much more achievable. I am thankful to be a recipient of the STEM award.”

A nearly equal number of men and women were recipients of 2014-15 year awards, which will serve to level the ratio of women working in STEM jobs.

Elsa Magee, Acting President of the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), said, “While women make up 48.5 percent of the State’s workforce, only 27.5 percent of STEM jobs are held by women. The STEM Incentive Program offers our State a timely and unique opportunity to offer more young women access to STEM careers.”

Rachel Bedard, a recent graduate of Plattsburgh High School entering SUNY Stonybrook, said, “I will be studying Marine Vertebrae Biology. I have always wanted to work with sea life and the STEM scholarship is going to help me save thousands each semester in order to pursue this dream."

Adam Stevens, a Social Studies teacher and college advisor at Brooklyn Technical High School, said, “Even among a student body where interest in the STEM fields is strong, making the leap to a four year college is a substantial one for many of our top graduates. For several of our graduates in the class of 2014 headed into both the CUNY and the SUNY systems the STEM Incentive Scholarship Program bridged a gap, bringing their undergraduate aspirations within reach for them and their families. Equally important, word has spread to the class of 2015 that through the STEM Incentive Scholarship Program, concrete and substantial benefits are there to be had for those who graduate near the top of their class and choose to continue their STEM education in a New York State's public institution of higher education."

Applications will be available on January 1, 2015 for students who will be graduating next June and entering college in fall 2015. More information on the New York State STEM Incentive Program is available here.

A breakdown of recipients by college or university is as follows:

CUNY 4-YEAR

CUNY CITY COLLEGE

37

 

CUNY NYC COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

8

 

CUNY JOHN JAY COLLEGE

7

 

CUNY BROOKLYN COLLEGE

5

 

CUNY QUEENS COLLEGE

5

 

CUNY BARUCH COLLEGE

4

 

CUNY COL STATEN ISLAND

4

 

CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE

4

 

CUNY YORK COLLEGE

1

CUNY 4-YEAR TOTAL

 

75

CUNY 2-YEAR

CUNY MANHATTAN CC

1

 

CUNY QUEENSBORO CC

1

CUNY 2-YEAR TOTAL

 

2

SUNY 4-YEAR

SUNY BINGHAMTON

148

 

SUNY STONY BROOK

117

 

SUNY BUFFALO

71

 

SUC GENESEO

46

 

SUNY ALBANY (UNDERGRAD)

34

 

SUC ENV SCI&FORESTRY

28

 

SUC OSWEGO (UNDERGRAD)

18

 

SUNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

14

 

CORNELL UNIV STATUTORY COLLEGES

14

 

SUC NEW PALTZ

9

 

SUC ONEONTA

9

 

SUNY COLLEGE OF TECH AT ALFRED

8

 

SUC FREDONIA

7

 

SUC POTSDAM

7

 

SUNY PLATTSBURGH

6

 

SUNY COLLEGE OF TECH AT CANTON

5

 

SUC BUFFALO

3

 

SUC BROCKPORT (UNDERGRAD)

3

 

SUNY COBLESKILL

3

 

SUC CORTLAND (UNDERGRAD)

2

 

SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE

2

 

SUC PURCHASE

2

 

ALFRED UNIVERSITY CERAMICS

1

 

MORRISVILLE STATE COLLEGE

1

SUNY 4-YEAR TOTAL

 

558

SUNY 2-YEAR

HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

3

 

MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

3

 

JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

2

 

FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

2

 

ERIE COMMUNITY COLL - ALL CAMPUS

1

 

BROOME COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1

 

WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1

 

ADIRONDACK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1

 

ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1

 

MOHAWK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1

 

SCHENECTADY COUNTY COMM COLLEGE

1

 

NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE

1

SUNY 2-YEAR TOTAL

 

18

Grand Total

 

653

 

A breakdown of recipients by the county of their high school is as follows:

Albany 6
Bronx 29
Broome 12
Cattaraugus 5
Cayuga 3
Chautauqua 9
Chemung 2
Chenango 2
Clinton 5
Delaware 2
Dutchess 20
Erie 25
Essex 2
Franklin 2

Fulton 1
Genesee 1
Greene 2
Hamilton 1
Herkimer 3
Jefferson 1
Kings 51
Livingston 4
Madison 2
Monroe 32
Montgomery 1
Nassau 40
New York 12
Niagara 14

Oneida 11
Onondaga 11
Ontario 1
Orange 20
Orleans 1
Oswego 15
Putnam 12
Queens 59
Rensselaer 9
Richmond 15
Rockland 12
Saratoga 15
Schenectady 2
Schoharie 2
Schuyler 1
St. Lawrence 5
Steuben 6
Suffolk 120
Sullivan 5
Tioga 2
Ulster 11
Warren 3
Washington 1
Wayne 4
Westchester 17
Wyoming 2
Yates 2

TOTAL 653

 

About HESC
HESC is New York State's student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college and a national leader in providing need based grant and scholarship award money to college-going students. At HESC's core are programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), numerous state scholarships, including STEM, federal college access grants and a highly successful College Savings program. Through programs like these and through the guidance it provides to students, families and counselors, HESC puts college within the reach for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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