Albany -- The State University of New York today announced
that Kareem Morris, the recipient of the 2010 Ben M. Becker Memorial
Scholarship, will use the funds toward his tuition at UAlbany in the fall,
where he will major in Computer Science.
This prestigious scholarship
is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of its namesake, Ben M. Becker, who was
internationally acclaimed for his achievements as an educator and Olympic
boxing coach and for his momentous contributions to youth. The award recognizes
participation in interscholastic athletics, strong academic achievement and
strength of character.
Morris was an outstanding scholar athlete at Albany High School, He was named
the honor roll and as Most Valuable Player (MVP) for indoor and outdoor track
and field for three consecutive years. He also holds track records in the 200
m, 4 x 1, and 4 x 2 events.
"It is my pleasure to
congratulate Kareem Morris on receiving this year's Ben M. Becker Memorial
Scholarship,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "UAlbany is fortunate
that Mr. Morris will join its student body as a scholar and an
athlete, and SUNY is indebted to Bob Becker for his continued support
of SUNY students."
"The Selection Committee
has once again selected a very deserving individual to bestow our award upon,”
said Bob Becker. “The student recipients have consistently been the best
of the best and Kareen Morris is no exception. His record is exemplary."
About the Ben M. Becker
In 1996, Bob Becker, Ben’s son,
founded The Becker Foundation with the mission of helping deserving students
achieve their dream of a college education. Each year, the fund provides
the Ben M. Becker Memorial Scholarship Award to the most qualified Albany High School senior who will be attending a SUNY institution.
The Ben M. Becker Memorial
Scholarship Award was increased in 2007 to $3,000, making it the most lucrative
privately endowed college scholarship award at Albany High School. The
scholarship is awarded at $1,500 per year over two academic years, with the
second installment predicated upon good academic standing at SUNY at the end of
the first year.
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York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 465,000 students in 7,351 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu
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