A new scholarship program for outstanding City University of New York math, science and engineering students is being established with a gift of $145,000 from the Carver Scholarship Fund. The gift, which will help broaden minority opportunities in the sciences and mathematics, was formally presented to CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in a ceremony on January 28 at the CUNY Trustees’ Lounge.
CUNY students eligible for support through the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (LSAMP) will qualify for the new scholarships.
In addition to Chancellor Goldstein, distinguished speakers included Richard T. Greene, Sr., Chairman of the Carver Scholarship Fund, Inc.; David Jones, Chairman of Carver Bancorp, Inc., Deborah Wright, President of Carver Bancorp, Inc.; CUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Herman Badillo; and LSAMP co-directors Professor Leon Johnson and Dean Louise Squitieri.
“The Carver Scholarship Fund’s contribution of $145,000 to CUNY’s Alliance for Minority Participation could not have come at a better time. In the new millenium, our nation’s well-being depends more than ever on promoting interest in the sciences among our students. Yet minority populations are dramatically underrepresented in scientific fields,” Chancellor Goldstein said. “CUNY boasts an extraordinarily high percentage of minority science majors. Through the Alliance for Minority Participation, the City University is positioned to become a national leader in educating a diverse population for teaching and research in scientific and technical fields.”
Two LSAMP scholars, Sabine Mayard, a Queens College biochemistry major, and Sonjae Wallace, a York College chemistry major, told how the scholarships allowed them to pursue research in their fields. They and six other LSAMP scholars offered poster presentations of their research in the sciences after the program
They included Ronald Sumter, City College biology major; Tamara Battle, Medgar Evers College environmental science major; Xiomara Aguilera, Hunter College geography major; Jibril Abdurrashid, Medgar Evers College computer science major; Maria Meyer, City College earth system science major; and Jose Lorenzo, City College chemical engineering major.
The Alliance for Minority Participation provides a mentoring program, summer research institutes, learning centers on each college campus, and financial aid for students who have demonstrated ability for scientific research and teaching. Minority undergraduate enrollment and bachelor’s degrees awarded in science, mathematics, engineering and related fields have increased by 60% at CUNY since the program began in 1992.