York College Students Reap the Benefits of a Rich Scholastic Atmosphere and Earn Prestigious Year-End Grants

July 9th, 2013


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York College Students Reap the Benefits of a Rich Scholastic Atmosphere and Earn Prestigious Year-End Grants


Queens CUNY School, an Incubator for Grant Recipients, Salutes Students’ Accomplishments



Building on its reputation as one of the City University of New York’s leaders in producing outstanding students, York College announced that two undergraduates received recognition for stellar achievement in their respective fields.  The Women’s Forum Education Fund Award and Corporate Aviation Business Scholarship are prestigious awards exemplifying the very best of York College students: learners who are industrious, smart, and who take full advantage of the rich learning environment growing in Queens.


Helen Torres Class of 2014, has been selected as a 2013 Women’s Forum Education Fund Fellow, and will be awarded a Women’s Forum Education Fund Award of $10,000. Additionally, Muhammad Khattak, Class of 2014, has been awarded a $5,000 NAFA Corporate Aviation Business Scholarship from National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA), a highly competitive scholarship typically awarded to a handful of students each year. Muhammad, a student of the CUNY Aviation Institute at York College, is a two-time award recipient, having first been recognized in 2012.


“Our resources, faculty and facility focus solely on maximizing students’ educational experience and we love the results. We are extremely proud of Helen and Muhammad for their achievements,” said Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, President of York College. “The recognitions are richly deserved. These students personify the very best qualities that we have come to expect of the York College community, and we all congratulate them on their successes.”


The Women’s Education Forum, headed by Executive Director Rita Crotty, works to encourage mature women of need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education and to enhance their capacities to provide productive and supportive service to their communities. Now in its 10th year, the award is granted to students across New York City.


The NAFA Scholarship, which began in 2008, is available to both undergraduate and graduate-level students pursuing a career in corporate aviation throughout the country.


Each year, members of the York College community apply for – and are recognized via – scholarships, grants, and awards for academic success and community leadership. College administrators are dedicated to working with students to identify opportunities to gain recognition for their achievements and support for their future academic and career goals.



York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, journalism, communications technology, computer science, social work, teacher education and various health profession including nursing and physician assistant studies. York is the only CUNY senior college offering majors in gerontology, biotechnology, information systems management, aviation management; and a BS/MS in occupational therapy. For more information: http://www.york.cuny.edu