State will partner with non-profits to boost STEM minority and female enrollment

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the state will partner with leading non-profit organizations to encourage underrepresented students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields of study in college. This statewide outreach will recruit African-Americans, Latinos and women who are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class to sign up for the Governor’s STEM Incentive Program, which offers full SUNY and CUNY scholarships to high school students that pursue high-demand, high-tech careers and build their future in New York.

Girls Inc., United Neighborhood Housing, Catholic Charities, New York Council of Non Profits, and the Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP will partner with the State to raise awareness of tuition awards for the best and brightest high school students. These groups are active in underserved communities across the State and will work with local high schools to identify eligible graduates in their Class of 2014 that are enrolling at SUNY or CUNY schools in the fall.

In New York, women make up 48.5 percent of the workforce but only 27.5 percent of STEM jobs, and African-American and Latino New Yorkers make up 30.9 percent of the workforce but hold only 13.4 percent of STEM jobs.

Under the STEM Incentive Program, the top 10 percent of students in any high school that attend a SUNY or CUNY school and agree to major in a STEM approved degree are eligible for fully covered tuition awards. Upon graduating from college, these students will commit to a five-year work minimum in New York State where they will pursue high-demand, high-tech careers and build their future here at home.

To be eligible for a STEM award, a student must be attending a New York State high school and be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class (beginning with the 2014 graduating class), and enroll in full-time study at a SUNY or CUNY college in the fall term following high school graduation. Applications for 2014 are available until Aug. 15 for all prospective SUNY and CUNY students. Award details and applications are both available at the New York State Higher Education Services website at www.HESC.ny.gov.