Governor Cuomo Announces Application Now Open for 2018 Carey Gabay Scholarship Program

June 4, 2018

From the office of Governor Cuomo

Scholarship Program Will Provide Five Full Scholarships to SUNY Colleges For Outstanding Students From Disadvantaged Backgrounds - Apply Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State University of New York is now accepting 2018 applications for the Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, now in its third year, is in honor of 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 exemplified what it truly means to be a public servant, putting others before himself and striving to make a difference in his community and beyond," Governor Cuomo said. "Through this scholarship, his legacy will live on by empowering young, talented individuals just like Carey to achieve their goals and create a better New York for all."

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. In recent years, 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 2018-19 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, 2018.

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

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