SUNY is now accepting applications for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Carey Gabay Scholarship Program, a full-ride scholarship fund he created to provide scholarships to five students in honor of his former slain aide, Carey Gabay.
Gabay, a Harvard graduate, former assistant counsel in the governor’s office, and first deputy counsel to Empire State Development, passed away Sept. 15, after being struck by a stray bullet during gang members’ crossfire prior to the West Indian Day Parade in New York City, Sept. 7.
“Carey was the perfect example of how hard work and service to others can make a difference in life,” Cuomo said in a statement. “He could have done anything, yet chose to take his success and use it to give back to his community. We remember Carey in the work that we do every day to improve the lives of New Yorkers, and we hope that these scholarships will help other young people change the world through public service. Carey proved that, when given the opportunity to succeed, anything is possible, so I encourage eligible students to apply for these scholarships, and help us continue to build a better state for all.”
According to Cuomo, the scholarships will cover all costs of attendance, including tuition, room and board, college fees, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses, and the applications will be due March 15 for the 2016-17 school year.
Applications are available at http://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/gabay/.