Baruch College’s SEEK Program Receives Grant from The National Grid Foundation

NEW YORK, NY-January 7, 2014 – Baruch College’s SEEK Program was recently awarded a $15,000 grant to support the Summer Academy hosted by the SEEK Program.

The Percy E. Sutton SEEK (Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge) Program was established by the New York State legislature in 1966 to be housed in each of the senior colleges of CUNY. SEEK accepts low-income students who would not be admitted otherwise because of lower SAT scores and lower GPA’s than regularly admitted students.

“This generous gift from The National Grid Foundation will enable us to support our SEEK students through their vulnerable entry into college,” said Angela Anselmo, Ph.D., Director of Baruch’s SEEK Program. “These types of partnerships with forward- looking organizations such as The National Grid Foundation provide the necessary funds to make a significant difference in our students’ college experience, and ultimately, their retention and completion rates.”

“Without the guidance and support of the SEEK program and its dedicated staff , so many promising young students would be unable to fulfill their dream of obtaining a college degree,” said Bob Keller, National Grid Foundation President. “We are pleased to lend our support to Baruch’s SEEK Program, which fulfills Percy Sutton’s vision for promoting College success to thousands of underserved Baruch students.”

Currently, the SEEK Program at Baruch College serves 615 students and 157 of these are transfer students. Percy E. Sutton SEEK students at Baruch receive individual attention and support in a variety of capacities including: counseling, academic support and financial aid. The SEEK Program at Baruch is housed in the Division of Student Affairs.

 

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About The National Grid Foundation:

The National Grid Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, economic strength and environmental stewardship in National Grid’s service territory. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for solutions to today’s educational and environmental challenges. By awarding grants to non-profit organizations, the Foundation inspires and serves as a catalyst to a shared future, ultimately impacting and improving lives of the underserved in our neighborhoods. Since its inception in December 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.

 

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu
Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu