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Purchase Receives National Science Foundation Scholarship Grant

Date Released: 5/11/2011

The nearly $600,000 five-year Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Scholarship grant will provide annual scholarships to freshmen, transfer and continuing students. Details.

President Thomas J. Schwarz announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $600,000 five-year Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Scholarship grant to Purchase College.


It is a first for the college and will provide annual scholarships to freshmen, transfer, and continuing students over its five-year period.  The program will support academically talented and financially needy biochemistry, biology, and chemistry students. It will also fund four tutors each year for five years.


These scholarships will enable students to complete a bachelor’s degree in these targeted disciplines and enter the work force or go on to post-graduate studies.  Scholarships will be awarded with an extra emphasis on strengthening the Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry programs.


“We pride ourselves on our excellent science program,” said President Schwarz.  “These scholarships will help attract deserving students and offer them the finest scientific training available in order to prepare them for future careers in the sciences.”


“This grant marks a new level of collaboration between the admissions, science and the career development faculty and staff at Purchase College and our six community college partners.  Their dedication to establishing guidelines  for attracting students and guiding them through the program and helping them define academic and career goals will help many deserving students to enter and continue in the sciences,” said President Schwarz.  “This has been an enormous team effort that will benefit many students and we are proud of our faculty and administrators who will ensure its success.”


The Project Director for this S-STEM grant is Dr. Joseph Skrivanek, Chair of the Purchase College Chemistry and Biochemistry programs.  Co-Project Directors are Dennis Craig, Associate Provost, Wendy Morosoff, Director Career Development Center, Dr. Joanne Tillotson, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. Mark Condon, Associate Professor Biology and Allied Health Services at Dutchess Community College.


The National Science Foundation currently has 591 active S-STEM grant awards. There are 48 awards in New York State for a total of $24.4 million.  New York is second only to California’s 57 awards for a total of $30.4 million.


For information about the program contact Dr. Joseph Skrivanek: at ; or c/o School of Natural & Social Sciences, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577.