Area commuter students from the five boroughs are being offered the chance for a more affordable college experience with the advent of the Hugh L. Carey Scholarship Program at St. John’s University in Jamaica.
Named posthumously for the former New York State governor and St. John’s double alumnus, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 92, the scholarship is being offered to first-time and full-time students who are accepted into one of St. John’s four-year degree programs for the fall 2012 semester.
A minimum of $1,250 is awarded to all automatic qualifiers and can total up to $5,000 over four years. Also, students who demonstrate need and complete the FAFSA form by March 30 may receive up to $3,000 per year and up to $12,000 over four years, with the scholarship renewable annually.
“I know our father always valued the Vincentian spirit of service education that he received at St. John’s and that it was a lifelong source of strength for him,” said Carey’s daughter, Marianne Carey Hayes. “He’d be thrilled to know that there is a scholarship in place that will give help to New York students. ... He knew full well what it was like for him to go back to St. John’s Law under the GI Bill, so he understood greatly the value of financial assistance which enhanced his own personal education.”
Contact SJU for further details.