Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million To City University of New York Honors College

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to The City University of New York to help support the new CUNY Honors College, which welcomes its inaugural class of 214 students this fall at five campuses.

“We are very grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their financial support. The Honors College is off to an extraordinary start,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. He noted that more than 1,500 applicants from New York City high schools competed for admission to the Honors College.

Chancellor Goldstein also commented, “All of the students have strong academic backgrounds, including SAT scores in the neighborhood of 1300 or above and demonstrated leadership.”

The Honors College will draw on New York City’s vast cultural resources and the University’s outstanding educational opportunities. Each student will receive a full-tuition scholarship, stipend and a free laptop computer; challenging courses and specially-designed seminars; a cultural passport for concert halls, theaters, museum, galleries, and other cultural institutions; internships and mentoring experiences, and an academic expense account to cover enrichments such as study abroad.

Students will also benefit from opportunities to attend local and national conferences and special University events. A committee of distinguished faculty has designed the curriculum.

Classes for the Honors College will begin at five CUNY colleges this Fall: Brooklyn College, Queens College, Baruch College, City College and Hunter College. The program will expand to the College of Staten Island and Lehman College in 2002.