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New $5,000 Scholarship for BOCES Grads

If your child is graduating from BOCES this year and is looking to go on to a two-year school, then here's a scholarship that's just for you.

I am the chairperson of a new fundraising committee at the Long Island Forum for Technology.  On the committee are: Tom O’Rourke, Bill Wahlig, Frank Otto, Joe Garone, Lee Westerlind, and Elisa Gerber.

We’ve been working for months planning and developing a new scholarship for BOCES students who want to attend a two-year college on Long Island to get his/her degree in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing. 

Recently, we received our first grant from National Grid.  When the folks there found out what we were doing, they were thrilled and told us that this was in line with their requirements. Lee D. Westerlind who works at National Grid recently joined our committee to help get other corporations involved.

Here’s the scoop:  We have up to $5,000 to give away a year to a student graduating from Boces in June 2013. There will be up to 10 awards granted each year paid on a semester basis. Awards will not exceed the total cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. They are valid for two years assuming academic and attendance minimums are met, however, students may reapply to the program in subsequent periods if eligibility requirements are met.  These awards are for undergraduate study only.

“We are committed to helping students on Long Island succeed,” said Joe Garone, chairman of Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) headquartered in Bethpage. “There is a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers on Long Island and we need to help fill that void.  This scholarship will help both the student and the manufacturing companies here on Long Island.”

The LIFT scholarship deadline for application is January 30, 2013.  Students will be told of their acceptance in April 2013.  Applications are currently being accepted.

Interested or know someone who may be interested in an application? Applications can be found online at LIFT.org.  Once a student completes the application, he/she needs to email it with a current completed academic transcript of grades and a resume to scholarship@lift.org.

As soon as we make a selection, I will certainly let you know… Thanks for sharing this with your family, friends and neighbors!

And good luck to you! 

By Hilary JM Topper, MPA

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Argile September 13, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Sounds like a great program. We need more Americans with hands on skills.

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