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LANSDOWNE, Va., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Cooke Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the largest private scholarship in the United States for community college transfer students. Exceptional community college students with financial need and plans to transfer to a four-year college or university have until noon ET on October 24 to apply for a prestigious Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which is worth up to $40,000 per year.

“Community college students are more likely than students at four-year schools to come from families with low and moderate incomes. Yet they are just as likely to possess the capacity and drive to succeed at our most elite colleges and universities,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “If a high-achieving community college student wants to transfer to a four-year institution, we want to remove financial need as a barrier to their success.”

Since 2002, 860 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have received over $36 million in scholarship assistance. A 2015 Cooke Foundation study found that the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars routinely do better at elite four-year institutions than many students who started as freshmen.

One former recipient of the scholarship, Christina Simons, began her studies at Suffolk County Community College in New York. After receiving a Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, she transferred to the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in photography and media in 2012. She now plans to attend the University of Oxford to study for a master of fine arts degree and a Ph.D. in contemporary art practice.

A total of 45 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships will be awarded in the spring. A review panel of university admissions professionals and faculty will judge scholarship applicants based on their achievements and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and service to others.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must: 1) currently attend an accredited community college or have graduated from a community college since 2013, 2) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better, 3) demonstrate significant unmet financial need, and 4) plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2018.

Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, Cooke Scholars may be eligible to apply for the Cooke Graduate Scholarship.

To find out more about the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, and to start your application, please visit our site.

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

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Stay on Long Island Initiative (SoLII) Alumni video

Watch The Stay on Long Island Initiative (SoLII) Alumni video with
Christopher Chiusa ’17 & Nicole Riccio ’17

 

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Suffolk to Host Research Conference, Garners Major Foundation Support

It’s a community college first.

Suffolk County Community College will be the first community college to host a SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) it was announced by Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay. In another first, McKay said, the conference has garnered the support of a major research foundation, the Swachman Diamond Project, that will provide an endowed STEM scholarship. McKay said it is rare for community colleges to be recognized by and receive the support of major research foundations.

SURC, hosted each year by a different SUNY institution,  will bring together more than 1,000 undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from more than 25 SUNY and CUNY colleges for a full day devoted to student presentations in wide-ranging disciplines, including science, the performing arts, humanities, and others.

A luncheon will feature keynote speaker SUNY Stony Brook President Sam Stanley.  SURC will also include a SUNY Graduate School and Transfer Fair, and professional development workshops for students and faculty.

“Original research and creative activity are widely recognized as high-impact educational experiences that positively affect undergraduate students’ completion rates, career prospects and readiness for transfer and graduate study. Most SUNY campuses encourage research and creative activity throughout the curriculum, in capstone experiences and/or internship placements. This is a tremendous opportunity for all involved and we look forward to sharing this student-focused event with you,” said President McKay.

“We are delighted to partner with the Shwachman Diamond Project to advance STEM research”, explained Sylvia A. Diaz, Ph.D., LMSW, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation.  “Their award provides support to present the highly regarded SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) and will raise awareness of Shwachman Diamond Syndrome and other rare bone marrow failure conditions, but they went even further and made a generous gift to permanently endow the Shwachman Diamond Project Undergraduate Research Scholarship at Suffolk County Community College.  This scholarship will be awarded annually to Suffolk’s promising science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students who are engaged in scientific research.”

The Shwachman Diamond Project Ltd. was established in 2005 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission of fundraising to support research into treatments and a potential cure for Shwachman Diamond Syndrome and other bone marrow failure syndromes. In keeping with this mission, the organization works to encourage cord blood collection and funds research projects related to this area. 

Since its inception, SDP has funded many research projects, including the development of The Shwachman Diamond Syndrome Registry at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.

“Suffolk County Community College has set the bar high as the first community college to host this prestigious research conference and the first to receive funding to offset conference costs with generous gifts from the Shwachman Diamond Project and scientific publisher Elsevier,” explained SURC East Coordinator Candice Foley, Ph.D., a Professor of Chemistry and STEM Chair at Suffolk County Community College.  “Moreover, another first was achieved by securing funds to support scholarships for community college undergraduate researchers who will continue on the successful path to discovery at Suffolk and beyond.”

SURC is a multidisciplinary spring semester event hosted each year by a different SUNY institution. The third annual SURC will be hosted at two SUNY locations: SURC East at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, on Friday April 21 and SURC West on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at SUNY Fredonia.

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Victory is $weet For Three in Suffolk’s Cupcake War

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Fourteen Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts student-competitors were challenged with a  two-and-a-half hour time limit to whip up a winning cupcake at what has become an annual competition at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Center: Cupcake Wars.

Jacqueline Segovia of Brentwood, center, took first place and was awarded a $750 scholarship and assorted baking supplies. Jacqueline created a mango cupcake with a mango cilantro salsa and an avocado icing. At left, second place and $500 went to Yvette Boucher-Denning of Mastic Beach for her Hummingbird cupcake with salted caramel filling, cream cheese icing drizzle with salted caramel and chopped pecans. At right, Heather Hoffmann’s third place chocolate potato cupcake with a mint pastry cream and Baily’s Irish Cream buttercream, earned a $250 prize.

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8/10/16 Kick-off Breakfast American Cancer Society at Crest Hollow Country Club By Invitation Only

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Kick-off Breakfast American Cancer Society at Crest Hollow Country Club

By Invitation Only

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 7:30 am – 8:45 am.

 Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797

The Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College will be the site of an American Cancer Society breast cancer walk on Sunday, October 23, 2016, the College will have a major presence at the event which will serve two purposes, a recruitment/enrollment management table and a Suffolk Community College Foundation table promoting the establishment of a new scholarship – Breast Cancer Survivors & Caregivers Scholarship.

Would you like to volunteer at one of the College tents? Contact (631) 451-4941 or alumni@sunysuffolk.edu

Help us fund the Breast Cancer Survivors & Caregivers Scholarship at Suffolk County Community College

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Benefactor Builds Suffolk Students’ Futures with Computers, Jobs and Internships

 

ErathPhoto L to R: Suffolk graduate and New York State Department of Transportation Construction Inspector Donnalyn Berech of Mastic Beach; Academic Chair of Science and Engineering Pete Maritato ’77, ’79; Associate Professor of Architecture and Construction Technology Natalie Niemann; Professor of Engineering Elaine Merenda ’77; Scott W. Erath, president, William Erath & Son, Inc.; Ted Seip of Ronkonkoma; Michael Simon, associate professor of construction technology.


Scott Erath’s  Amityville Company Wm. Erath & Son, Inc. has helped build students’ futures for a decade by supporting the construction technology program at Suffolk County Community College with student internships, jobs and hardware.

Erath recently awarded two students — one now working for the New York State Department of Transportation — with laptop computers preloaded with construction industry software.

Donnalyn Berech of Mastic Beach now a construction inspector for the New York State Department of Transportation and Ted Seip of Ronkonkoma were awarded the laptops by Erath that are worth nearly $2,000

“Industry partnership with higher education is a win-win situation for both partners,” said Suffolk County Community College Academic Chair of Science and Engineering Pete Maritato.  “Industry receives employees that are prepared and ready to work on their first day and our educational programs benefit from industry feedback allowing the alignment of courses to industries’ needs and providing ‘real-life’ work experience for students.”

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Scholarships Deadline 12/1/15


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Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Applications Open Now until 12/15/15

October 20, 2015

TO:                 The College Community

FROM:          Christopher J. Adams, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

SUBJECT:     Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

The College is pleased to announce that we have been invited to submit nominations for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship program. This program, which is administered nationally by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, was implemented in an effort to assist community college students of exceptional promise to reach their full potential through education. The Foundation focuses on students who are excelling academically and have significant unmet financial need. The Foundation supports high-achieving community college students who have completed two years of study as full-time students and plan to attend a four-year college or university starting in the fall 2016 semester. The Foundation will award approximately 85 scholarships through this program in spring, 2016. The maximum award amount is $40,000 per year toward the student’s total cost of attending a baccalaureate university or college.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has established the criteria under which nominees must be selected. Nominees must:

  • be a current student with sophomore status by December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (within the last 5 years)
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
  • plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university to begin studies in the following fall
  • demonstrate unmet financial need

Selection criteria focus on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others.

Students may apply directly to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for consideration. The application period is open now until December 15, 2015. Selected applicants are notified in April. To learn more about the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and to complete an application, visit www.jkcf.org.

Please feel free to publicize this opportunity to students.


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Suffolk County Community College Open House Sunday 11/8/15

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From 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM on Sun Nov 08 2015.

Join Us for Our FALL 2015 Open House!

  • Meet Faculty
  • Explore Scholarship Opportunities
  • Tour the Campuses
  • Talk with Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors
  • Speak with Current Students
  • Learn about Career Services/Co-op

To request more information select Admissions

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Suffolk County Community College 2014-2015 Review of Accomplishments

TO:                 The College Community

FROM:            Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President

SUBJECT:     2014-2015 Review of Accomplishments Now Available Online

I am pleased to share with you that a copy of the 2014-2015 Review of Accomplishments for Suffolk County Community College is now available online. This document covers the period from June 2014 to July 2015 and captures the major achievements of the College, its faculty and its students during that time.  You will be able to access this document directly via a link found on the homepage of the College’s website, where you can then peruse it, page by page, on-line.  If you would like to view the accomplishments from prior years as well, simply go to the homepage, select “About SCCC” and then select “Office of the President.” From there you can select the annual summary of major achievements from prior years, dating back to 2010-2011.

Your individual efforts are the driving force behind the many successes chronicled in these pages.  We are able to transform lives thanks to the expertise found in our faculty and staff and the drive found within our students.  This is something to applaud and celebrate.

This legacy that you and I are called upon to build, touches every area of College life:

  • We have worked hard to provide excellent academic programs and appropriate student services;
  • We have secured funding to build new, state-of-the-art buildings on all three campuses;
  • We have worked with our Board and elected officials to try to keep tuition affordable;
  • We have enhanced our branding and messaging to communicate our institution’s value;
  • We have made great strides in philanthropy, which has enabled us to provide over $650,000 in student scholarships; and
  • We continue to attract and hire the best faculty and staff members to assist our students in achieving their personal and educational goals.

Having done all of this, we are seeing our efforts change individual lives in a positive manner, each and every day.  Thank you for your dedication to our mission and your contributions toward enhancing all we do.


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