Grove School Of Engineering At CCNY Names Five Inaugural Andrew S. Grove Scholars

December 1, 2005 | City College

NEW YORK, December 1, 2005 — Five outstanding first-year students at the newly named Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY) were chosen to receive the School’s first Andrew S. Grove Scholarships. Dr. Grove, a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp. and member of CCNY’s Class of 1960, established the scholarships through a gift made in 2004.

In October, CCNY announced a separate $26 million donation from Dr. Grove that will support several other initiatives in engineering at The College. On November 28, 2005, the CUNY Board of Trustees voted to name CCNY’s School of Engineering in honor of Dr. Grove.

The 2005-2006 Grove Scholars, Keith Gallardo, Joel Gonzalez, Ricardo Lantigua, Uzma Syed and Thanhhanh Tran, were selected for their exceptional academic records in high school, strong potential and commitment to succeed in engineering. Each of them will receive a one-year, $5,000 scholarship, with opportunities to garner additional financial support from various Grove School and College-wide sources.

“The Grove Scholars Program is a key component of a comprehensive recruitment strategy to attract top prospective students to the School of Engineering,” said Dr. Ramona Brown, Assistant Dean for Student Development at The Grove School. “Grove Scholars will participate in a broad array of comprehensive activities and programs offered through The Grove School and the Honors Center designed to enhance their overall academic and professional experiences.”

The first group of Grove Scholars includes transfer students as well as freshmen from down the street to the other side of the world. Ms. Syed, a freshman computer engineering major, is a graduate of A. Philip Randolph Campus High, located on the City College campus. Ms. Thanhhanh, a freshman chemical engineering major, went to high school in Vietnam. Both women are high-tech savvy students who had developed a strong desire for engineering knowledge at an early age, Dean Brown noted.

Mr. Gallardo, the third freshman Grove Scholar, is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School studying mechanical engineering. He wants to pursue a leadership role in industry and hopes to become a role model for youngsters who want to attend college, according to Dean Brown.

The two transfer student Grove Scholars are: Mr. Lantigua, an electrical engineering major, and Mr. Gonzalez, a computer engineering student, both came from York College and Borough of Manhattan Community College, respectively, Dean Brown said.

“Their commitment to succeed in engineering was evident when they participated in the intensive TRACC (Transfer Recruitment and Retention at City College) Summer Program that helped them get a head start in their academic and social transition to CCNY,” Dean Brown noted.

About The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY

The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, formerly the CCNY School of Engineering, is the only public engineering school within New York City. It offers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science. The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs and ranks among the most diverse engineering schools in the country. On November 28, 2005, the CUNY Board of Trustees named the School in honor of Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a member of the CCNY Class of 1960, and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of microprocessors.

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

Contact: Jay Mwamba, 212/650-7580, jmwamba@ccny.cuny.edu