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NYCHA Helps Residents Fund CUNY College Educations

Ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents are one thousand dollars richer now that they have received scholarships to further their education at the City University of New York (CUNY).

NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship Program winner
NYCHA executive board members pose with Kimberly Golden (right) for a celebratory snapshot.
Photo credit: Kevin Devoe

This week the NYCHA executive board along with Garrie W. Moore, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Roberta Nord, Director of the CUNY Office of Student Advocacy and Referral, presented ten $1,000 scholarships to NYCHA residents who attend CUNY colleges.

For Kimberly Golden, winning the scholarship is a real achievement that couldn't have come at a better time. "Without the scholarship I would not have been able to purchase all of my books and attend the winter session," said the single working mother of two, who attends York College and lives in South Jamaica Houses in Queens.

Kit Hing Lam, another scholarship recipient, said she feels honored to have won and hopes that her success will encourage other Asian-American students who live in public housing to pursue this and other opportunities that NYCHA makes available to residents.

NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship Program winner
NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship winner Kit Hing Lam (center) proudly holds her check with NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez on the left and CUNY Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Garrie W. Moore on the right.
Photo credit: Kevin Devoe

The NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship Program was established in 2005, and funded with donations made by production companies that filmed motion pictures on NYCHA property. The program provides scholarships for qualifying public housing residents enrolled in CUNY colleges, and is administered by CUNY's Office of Student Affairs as part of its regular tuition assistance process.

To qualify, students must have a 3.0 GPA, be a sophomore, junior or senior attending a CUNY college, demonstrate financial need and major in broadcasting, business, dance, drama, fashion, film, fine or performing arts, journalism, literature, marketing/merchandising, music, photography, public affairs, or public administration.

To date, 26 $1,000 scholarships have been awarded. The scholarship fund continues to grow through contributions from corporate, private and public sector donors. Teresa Mann, a former NYCHA employee, annually donates $1,800; JPMorgan Chase made an inaugural donation of $1,000 in March 2007, and as of this year NYCHA has begun to make annual contributions of $2,000 toward the scholarship fund.

To learn more about the NYCHA/CUNY Scholarship Program please contact your CUNY financial aid or student affairs office. The next application period will begin in April 2008. To review the 2007 application and brochure click here.

By Tischelle George with
Saundra Roberson and Deborah A. Williams
September 21, 2007