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Spring 2018 Excelsior Scholarship – Another Opportunity at Tuition-free College Deadline 12/4/17

2 girls behind a laptop looking forward, with NY State Excelsior Ever Upward logo

The benefits of a college degree are well known. Those who only carry a high school diploma are falling further behind than ever before. Throughout the nation different law makers are trying to find solutions for the rising cost of a college degree in order to give more students the opportunity to pursue a college degree and better their lives. New York is leading this charge after introducing the Excelsior Scholarship this past spring, and it is continuing forward.

If you missed your chance to apply for the scholarship this past spring, fear not. The Excelsior Scholarship application for the spring 2018 semester is now open as of Monday, October 30 at 9:00am, and will run through December 4. The spring 2018 application is open to students first entering college in the spring 2018 term, students who caught up on credits during the fall 2017 term to meet the credit requirement, and current college students who missed the deadline for the fall 2017 application. Simply visit hesc.ny.gov/excelsior to submit your application.

The Excelsior Scholarship will cover up to $5,500 in tuition after all other awards are factored in, like Pell Grants, TAP, and others. As it was during the first cycle, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (continuously) that are applicable toward their degree program. In addition to the in school performance, awardees must reside in New York State after graduation for however long they receive the award, and, if employed during such time, be employed in New York. The full list of requirements are found on hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.

The numbers behind the program show success from the onset. After the first round of applications this spring, nearly 22,000 students are now attending college at a SUNY or CUNY school tuition-free. That number brings the total portion of tuition-free students to nearly 53% of the total in New York State.

Access to college is expanding and New York has taken the lead in trying to help students remove one of the key hurdles they face in attending college. Both higher education institutions and politicians in New York are working together to make the Excelsior Scholarship the best it can be moving forward.

Apply to the Excelsior Scholarship for Spring 2018.

Written by Sarah Petrak

Sarah Petrak is a student assistant with the Office of Communications and New Media for SUNY System Administration. She is a studying Public Policy at the University at Albany.

Source: State University of New York


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Suffolk Culinary Students Partner With Community Action Southold Town, Prepare Thanksgiving Dinners for East End Families

Thanksgiving Cooking

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program students will prepare about 200 dinners for Community Action Southold Town’s (CAST) Greenport food pantry in what has become an annual and happy undertaking for the college’s culinary program and its students.

This is the first year Suffolk’s Culinary program has worked with CAST, a not-for-profit that has worked in Southold Town since 1965  to help low-income residents meet basic needs in the areas of nutrition, employment, energy, and education. CAST exists as a safety net for Southold Town families from Laurel to Orient Point, including Fisher’s Island. The majority of CAST’s funding comes from the generosity of the community.

This marks the ninth year Suffolk County Community College students and faculty have happily volunteered their culinary expertise to support the holiday cooking.

The dinner preparation will take place on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center, 20 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901. Cooking and packaging the meals will run through to 12 noon.

“We celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking and sharing our favorite foods, being with the ones we love and giving thanks for all that we have. Our college and students, faculty and staff enjoy giving back to our community,” said Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay.

About 40 students and faculty chefs from the college’s culinary program will prepare the meal whose ingredients are provided by CAST —  more than 20 turkeys; 100 pounds of mashed potatoes; 50 pounds of sweet potatoes; 80 pounds of stuffing; 25 pounds of assorted vegetables and 20 each of apple and pumpkin pies. And, of course, gravy – more than 5 gallons of it!

The Clinton Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 614 Third Street, Greenport is working in collaboration with CAST for people who want to gather and eat their hot turkey dinner in fellowship with their neighbors or pick up a meal to take home. The church will distribute meals on Wednesday Nov 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 


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Check out SPIRIT WEEK EVENTS: October 16-20, 2017

Suffolk County Community College

SPIRIT WEEK EVENTS October 16-20, 2017

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10/25/17 New York College Fair at Suffolk County Community College

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  10AM – 12:15PM

Learn about scholarships at Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus
Babylon Student Center (Map)
533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784


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11/14/17 “Hunger for Knowledge” Chiptole Selden Scholarship Fundraiser

CAUSE AN EFFECT

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017

SCCC Alumni Logo

Chipotle Mexican Grill 261 Middle Country Rd, Selden, NY 11784 (Map)

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Suffolk Community College Foundation.

Come in to the Chipotle at 261 Middle Country Rd in Selden on Tuesday, November 14th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Suffolk Community College Foundation.
Online orders will not be included in the fundraiser total. To ensure your purchase is counted in the fundraiser, be sure to order and pay in-restaurant. Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.  ChipotleSeldenSCCF2017-11-14

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9/5/17 6th Annual Suffolk County Community College Academic Convocation

6th Annual Suffolk County Community College Academic Convocation
Sponsored by Academic Affairs

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Brookhaven Gymnasium

This ceremony provides an opportunity for the College’s President, Dr. Shaun L. McKay, to establish the institutional vision for the year, formally welcome new faculty, staff and students to the College and to bestow honors upon select members of the college community

Special Alumni Presentations

  • Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson
  • Professor Emerita Maureen Clinton

Location: Brookhaven Gymnasium
Suffolk County Community College
533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784

Fees: Free

New York State Excelsior Scholarship Deadline 7/21/17

The New York State Excelsior Scholarship application for the fall 2017 semester opened on June 7, 2017 and will close on July 21, 2017.

The Scholarship is intended to supplement all current aid programs, including but not limited to TAP, PELL and other scholarships. Students can receive up to $5,500 from the scholarship, minus any amounts received from TAP, PELL, or other scholarships. It will provide assistance to students to cover any tuition gaps that may make college tuition free. The scholarship is intended to make college possible for students across the state.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a resident of New York State;
  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program;
  • Take 30 credits per year and make progress toward graduation;
  • Maintain good academic standing;
  • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate Degree in two years or a Bachelor’s Degree in four years; and
  • Be a New York State resident whose family household adjusted gross income (as filed on your 2015 federal tax return) does not exceed $100,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

To apply for this scholarship, you will need to:

  1. Upload a .pdf copy of your SAR (Student Aid Report) to the HESC website. If you do not have a copy of your SAR you can obtain one from fafsa.ed.gov.
  2. Upload a .pdf copy of your unofficial transcript. The transcript can be obtained by logging into MySCCC and selecting Unofficial Transcript in the Self-Service Banner menu.

For additional information visit the HESC website where you will find a list of questions and answers.