SUNY Announces Annual Scholarship for NYS P-TECH Students in Trustee Stanley Litow’s Honor

January 23, 2018

$25,000 Donated by IBM to Establish the "Stanley Litow P-TECH Scholarship"

Albany – The State University of New York and SUNY Impact Foundation today announced an annual scholarship fund in honor of SUNY Trustee Stanley S. Litow, president emeritus of the IBM International Foundation. The “Stanley Litow P-TECH Scholarship” will provide annual scholarships for graduating New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) students who will enroll in a bachelors degree program at a SUNY college or university.

The fund was launched with $25,000 donated by IBM, and will be administered by the SUNY Impact Foundation.

"I cannot think of an individual more deserving of this honor than Stan," said SUNY Chairman of the Board H. Carl McCall. "Over the years, I have seen him work tirelessly to expand the level of opportunity that students have to participate in the P-TECH program. I know that this scholarship will not only provide greater access for students, but also serve as a great inspiration as they endeavor to use their STEM education and experience to improve our world. Congratulations to Stan on this much-deserved honor."

"Programs like P-TECH give students the confidence to be successful and overcome barriers that may have stifled their educational and professional goals in the past," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. "Stan Litow has been a champion for P-TECH students, helping them realize their potential in class and off campus, making sure they know that college is both accessible and affordable, and helping them navigate the transition from high school to college through this innovative program."

"This is a tremendous honor," said Stanley S. Litow, president emeritus of the IBM International Foundation. "I am thrilled to be able to assist the next generation of leaders in New York state and help them realize their full potential. When P-TECH students are given access, opportunity and support, nothing stands in the way of their success. And nothing is more critical to New York’s economy than preparing our youth with the education and skills to succeed in college and career."

P-TECH brings together elements of high school, college, and the professional world, enabling students to begin their college and professional careers with more support than the typical school-to-work pathway. Graduates of P-TECH leave school with the necessary skills to continue their studies.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship candidates must graduate from their P-TECH school with an Associate in Applied Science degree; continue their education at a four-year SUNY college or university in the same degree field as their Associate in Applied Science degree; and complete a 500-word essay describing their career goals post four-year college completion. Priority consideration will be given to students who have extracurricular participation in community and volunteer activities. GPA from the Associate in Applied Science degree program also may be considered.

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