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Queens College is First Public College in New York State to Receive $1 Million from Give Something Back

Embargoed until 11:01 am, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 ​

-- Gift Will Support Lower-Income Students Through Four Years of Study at Queens College, Which Was Recently Ranked in the Top 1% of Schools That Move Students From Poverty to Prosperity --

Queens College will hold a check presentation ceremony to mark a $1million gift from Give Something Back (Give Back) that will support 50 lower-income students through four years of tuition-free study at Queens College, as well as no cost for room and board. The first public college in New York State to be recognized by Give Back, Queens College was recently ranked by the Equality of Opportunity Project as being the top 1% of schools that help lower-income students attain upward social mobility.
Robert Carr, founder and chairman of Give Back, will be among the speakers. Carr’s inspiration to fund educational opportunities for students of modest means originated with a $250 scholarship from a women’s club in his hometown that helped him attend The University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign. Carr’s personal mission dovetails with that of Queens College: Discimus ut serviamus. We learn so that we may serve.
Expected speakers include Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez; Give Something Back Founder and Chairman Robert Owen Carr; NYC Outward Bound Schools President and CEO Richard Stopol (or designee); Eagle Academy Foundation Director of College Partnerships Donald Ruff; Queens College graduate student Japneet Singh; and Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Student Paola Peña.​

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1, 11 am
Queens College Main Dining Hall, President’s Lounge
Refreshments will be served in the adjacent Q-Side Lounge
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens
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About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities the college helps its nearly 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. It traditionally graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area, and with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college, it is recognized as a leader in tech education, as well as a powerful local economic engine. It also has the third-largest business and accounting program of any school in New York State. As part of a well-rounded liberal arts education, students also have the opportunity to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. One of the college’s oldest and most distinguished programs, its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized—some Grammy Award-winning—composers, conductors, and performers.
Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College is regularly cited by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.
About Give Something Back
Give Back awards scholarships to academically driven students of modest means who might not otherwise attend college. Pell Grant eligible students are selected in the ninth grade and mentored through high school. After graduation, Give Back scholars attend one of its partner universities or colleges in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. It is the focus of the organization to help students graduate college in four years, debt-free for tuition, fees, and if applicable, room and board.

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