The Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project is a crucial link between City College and the prestigious Stuyvesant High School. Since the Project’s inception in 2002, it has brought a new wave of talented Stuyvesant students to CCNY. Applications have increased every year, and students have turned down Carnegie Mellon, Rutgers, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and New York University to attend CCNY. Once received, they are then screened through a rigorous process that looks closely at GPA, class rank, and SAT scores; however, this is not all. Many other factors are taken into consideration: How active and involved was the student in his or her high school? What sort of extra-curricular or volunteer activities did they participate in? Did they take any advancement placement courses? These are only a few of the questions the admissions committee looks at when selecting who will receive a scholarship. Upon acceptance, the students enroll in CCNY’s Honors Programs, which boast smaller class sizes and allow each student to benefit from more personal attention. They receive tuition remission, a yearly stipend for living expenses, and a laptop computer. As project scholars, they are required to maintain a high GPA and complete all required honors seminars.
Students fully immerse themselves in the CCNY community, whether as City College Fellows (which pairs students with professors to mentor them for post-graduate careers in education), as leaders in chemistry workshops, or by delivering academic papers at colleges across the country. Many have been able to travel abroad to places as notable as Cambridge University in England. All of these activities and more are tackled as the students embrace single and often double majors, such as biology and English. They consistently earn prestigious honors, such as research grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, and internships with the Institution for Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which aids intellectuals who are being persecuted for their beliefs in their home countries. At the same time, students enrolled in the project also participate in extra-curricular activities such as roles in the student government, writing for the Campus newspaper, and starring in musical productions.
This quality mix of academic and extracurricular activities is earning lavish praise from students in the Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project: “We’ve gone to the opera, the theatre, and stood on stage as we toured Carnegie Hall,” says one student of the program’s Honors Arts Seminar. Others gush, “I’m learning a lot...the professors have an enormous amount of expertise,” and, “City has exceeded my expectations by a lot.”
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