In 2014, the New York City Council restored the previously defunct NYC Council Merit Scholarship allocating $11.1 million for the 2014-15 academic year. Approximately 13,000 public high school graduates that graduated with a “B” average and enrolled at CUNY or the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) received $400 per semester. Over 11,000 of the 13,000 scholarship recipients were first year CUNY students.
In 2015, the NYC Council allocated $17 million for the scholarship program assisting over 18,000 CUNY students. The scholarship award has helped students defray the rising costs associated with getting a college education like tuition, textbook, transportation, and supplies—all which continue to rise.
All funding appropriated for the scholarship awards, however, are a one-time allocation with no guaranteed funding for the next academic year (2016-17).
This year, the University Student Senate once again needs your support to restore funding for the scholarship program. Based on the current number of CUNY scholarship recipients that have maintained at least a “B” average, and the new incoming cohort of eligible high school graduates, we estimate the total cost of the scholarship program to be $X million dollars for the 2016-17 academic year.