Four major gifts have brought to nearly $10 million the total funds raised for the Honors College of the City University of New York, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced.
The newest grants include $2.5 million from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, $1 million from the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, $1 million from the Roger and Susan Hertog Charitable Fund, and $400,000 from UBS PaineWebber.
“The Honors College has enabled our City and State to attract and retain high academic achievers who might otherwise leave New York to pursue their educational goals at Ivy League colleges and elsewhere,” said Chancellor Goldstein.
Donors include prominent realtor Jack Rudin, a City College alumnus, longtime benefactor of CUNY and Chair of the Rudin Family Foundation; Roger Hertog, Vice Chairman of Alliance Capital Management Corp., and Joseph J. Grano, Jr., Chairman and CEO of UBS PaineWebber. All serve on Chancellor Goldstein’s Business Leadership Council.
Earlier major grants included $1.5 million each by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Herman Muehlstein Foundation, $500,000 each by the New York Life Foundation, the Starr Foundation and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
The Honors College currently enrolls 320 freshmen and 200 sophomores at seven colleges within the CUNY system. Last year, more than 2,500 high school students applied for seats. The program expanded this September with Lehman College in the Bronx and the College of Staten Island joining Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, and Queens Colleges. Students receive full tuition, a laptop computer, an academic expense account, and a Cultural Passport to a variety of New York City cultural institutions such as The Metropolitan Opera, El Museo del Barrio, and Museum of Modern Art.
Honors College students are based at their home colleges and serve as University Scholars, participating in semester-long, multi-campus seminars. The seminars focus on special aspects of New
York City and integrate experiences associated with the Cultural Passport and traditional academic study.
Honors College seminars have been taught by Brooklyn College Professor Edwin Burrows, who won the Pulitzer Prize for History with co-author Mike Wallace for the book “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898”; City College Distinguished Professor of Political Science Marshall Berman; Lehman College Distinguished Professor of Physics Eugene Chudnovsky; Graduate Center Professor of Sociology Philip Kasenitz; and Brooklyn College Professor of Physics and Environmental Science Micha Tomkiewicz.
Among New York City schools sending the most qualified applicants to the program were Brooklyn Technical High School, Stuyvesant High School, Townsend Harris High School, Midwood High School, Bronx High School of Sciences, Yeshiva of Flatbush and Bishop Kearney High School.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847 as the Free Academy, the University’s 23 institutions include 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves 243,000 degree-credit students and more than 240,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree.