Unprecedented 79 New NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarships Awarded To NYCHA Residents

Date Published: 
October 17th, 2023

From The Bronx Daily News:

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the City University of New York (CUNY), in partnership with the Public Housing Community Fund, today announced the award of an unprecedented 79 new scholarships totaling $79,000 through the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program. The annual program, which aims to help NYCHA residents achieve a higher education, provides $1,000 per recipient for CUNY education-related expenses, including tuition and textbooks. The scholarships offer payments to eligible public housing residents and Section 8 recipients currently pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at CUNY schools with 24 or more credits and a minimum 3.0 grade point average. This year, private donors, including Amazon and New York City Council Members, contributed to the scholarship fund. An award ceremony was held in honor of this year’s recipients on September 29. Since its inception, a total of 415 recipients have been awarded $415,000 through the program.

“Our actions as an administration reflect a deep commitment to the well-being of all our young people and a belief that where you are should not determine who you are and who you could be,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Being able to complete your college education involves more than just the ability to attend classes and study, but whether you can even afford to obtain a higher education. In addition to tuition, students have to buy textbooks and other supplies, as well as pay for transportation. The NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program provides college students in NYCHA the support they need to complete their education and get on the path to prosperity and success.”

“This scholarship program reduces financial barriers to entry that are so often an impediment to those seeking higher degrees,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development, and Workforce Maria Torres-Springer. “We are grateful for the investment made in the education and futures of the 79 NYCHA residents and CUNY students who will benefit from this year’s program.”

“Pursuing higher education is an amazing achievement, but one that can be daunting financially,” said NYCHA Chief Executive Officer Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “It is our pleasure and privilege to work alongside CUNY and the Public Housing Community Fund to put this generous funding to good work, helping NYCHA residents attain college educations.”

Read The Bronx Daily News' article "Unprecedented 79 New NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarships Awarded To NYCHA Residents."

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