Governor Cuomo Announces Application Now Open for 2019 Carey Gabay Scholarship Program

May 29, 2019

Scholarship Program Will Provide Full Scholarships to Five Exemplary SUNY Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds - Apply Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State University of New York is now accepting 2019 applications for the Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, now in its fourth year, honors Carey Gabay, an attorney and public servant who was tragically killed as an innocent victim of gun violence in 2015. This program provides full scholarships to five incoming SUNY students who exemplify Carey's commitment to social justice, leadership and mentoring, as well as his personal story of succeeding academically despite having an economically disadvantaged background.

"Carey devoted his life to public service, putting others before himself and always striving to make an impact in his community and beyond," Governor Cuomo said. "This scholarship proudly honors all that Carey stood for, and his legacy will continue through each and every student empowered to achieve their dreams through this program."

"We remember Carey Gabay who dedicated his life to giving back and helping others with the fourth round of the Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This scholarship is part of our efforts to ensure students have access to an affordable, quality education. We are committed to making sure all New Yorkers have the resources they need to pursue rewarding careers and achieve success in the future."

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, "Providing access and opportunity to a high quality education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds is at the core of SUNY's values. We are all deeply proud to make this scholarship available to continue Carey Gabay's extraordinary legacy of education, public service and social justice."

Carey grew up living in public housing and attending public school in the Bronx. After a successful high school career, he went on to graduate from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He had a longstanding commitment to public service and giving back to those around him, and while at Harvard University, he ran to become the president of his undergraduate student body. During his career, he worked tirelessly in public service, first as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo and later as First Deputy Counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation.

The annual Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship will once again award full scholarships to five students to attend four-year SUNY colleges beginning in the 2019-20 school year. These scholarships will cover all costs of attendance, including tuition, room and board, college fees, books and supplies, and transportation and personal expenses. Applications are available here and are due on June 30, 2019.

This is the fourth year of awards under the program, with students previously awarded scholarships in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

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