The Association’s college scholar program was founded in 1971 to assist academically qualified sons and daughters of career civil service employees in obtaining a college education. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, leadership and commitment, and a record of school and community service.
College scholars are determined by the awards committee, based on written applications from approximately 150 high school seniors and college students. Eligibility requires that a parent be a permanent civil service employee and that the gross family income is less that $93,000.
College scholarships range from $6,000 to $1,000. The top award is named a Charles E. Inniss College Scholar in memory of an officer of National Grid (formerly KeySpan Energy) who was dedicated to education and community service in New York City.
Scholarship sponsors join the Mayor and commissioners in presenting their awards at City Hall and are honored as part of the Association’s Governor’s Council. To join The Hundred Year Association in honoring these exceptional students or to learn how to apply for a scholarship, please contact the Association or call 212-922-0791.
Steere Family Foundation College Scholar, Scott Gordon, spent the summer of 2009 at Brookhaven National Labratories’ Center for Functional Nanomaterials studying nanostructured photovoltaic devices.
Inclusion in this program is a prestigious assignment for the chemistry major who only just completed his freshman year.
Scott admits, “We spend a lot of time scratching our heads trying to figure things out, but inevitably we learn something new at the end of every day. This is the best on-the-job experience I could hope for.”
For those of you scratching your heads about what “nanostructured photovoltaic devices” could possibly be, they are equipment related to solar energy conversion – much-needed materials in this “green” age.
Scott is the son of Howard Gordon, an Emergency Medical Technician with the FDNY.
Justyna Widera, Scott’s Professor at Adelphi University, says that he seems comfortable in the research setting, and is enthusiastic and diligent in his work. We expected no less.
In a day-long session on August 12, 2009 the Awards Committee and its chair Avery Okin interviewed 12 student applicants for the 2009 E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships. The award-winners will split almost $30,000 in awards money with prizes ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.
As usual, this year’s students were the cream of the crop, both academically (SAT scores and GPAs averaged at the higher end of the scale) and in their early commitment to public service through lots of extracurricular and volunteerism, not to mention interesting stories. more »
Title: College Scholarship Award Interviews
Location: Bowne & Company
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Description: The Hundred Year Association Awards Committee conducts interviews of candidates for College Scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of career New York City municipal workers. To sponsor an award contact the Association office.