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Applications open for State University of New York scholarships

Staff writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said the State University of New York is now accepting applications for the Carey Gabay Scholarship Program.

These scholarships will cover all costs of attendance, including personal expenses.
This scholarship was announced by Governor Cuomo last year in honor of Carey Gabay, an attorney and public servant, who was killed as an innocent victim of gun violence in October at the age of 43.

This program will provide full-ride 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 was the perfect example of how hard work and service to others can make a difference in life. He could have done anything and yet, and chose to take his success and use it to give back to his community,” said Governor Cuomo.

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 those around him, and while at Harvard University, he ran to become the president of his undergraduate student body. More recently, he worked in public service, first as an Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo and later as First Deputy Counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation.

The Carey Gabay Scholarship Program will annually award full-ride scholarships to five students to attend four-year SUNY colleges beginning in the 2016-2017 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.

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