Westchester Community College Welcomes First Cohort of SUNY Pathways Scholars
Westchester Community College (WCC) welcomed 105 students into its first cohort of SUNY Pathways Scholars. The State University of New York (SUNY) Pathways Scholars Award program provides support to high-performing students committed to completing their associate and bachelor’s degrees at SUNY institutions in two and four years, respectively.
SUNY Pathways Scholars at WCC will receive a total of $500 during their first year of study, and an additional $1000 award to use for non-tuition related expenses upon completion of their associate degree and enrollment in a SUNY bachelor’s degree program. Scholars will also receive academic counseling, career guidance, and a network of wrap-around support services to keep them on the pathway to success. WCC will help keep students on track and on time by guaranteeing that required courses – or academically approved substitutions – will be available. Once a Scholar selects their transfer college, they will be connected to a Pathways Advisor at their chosen SUNY campus.
To qualify for the SUNY Pathways Scholars Program, students must graduate from a NYS high school with an average of at least 80%, and enroll for the first time as a full-time student in an associate degree program at a SUNY community college.
“By becoming a SUNY Pathways Scholar, I am more delighted and motivated by the effort Westchester Community College and the SUNY system has shown in the development of my academic career,” said incoming WCC freshman Tone Alex. “Getting the top services and tools to having a successful academic life in college, I am more prepared and goal-oriented in completing my degree and getting into the job market as soon as possible.”
“Westchester Community College offers a wide variety of academic programs that serve the diverse needs and interests of our students,” said Dr. Belinda Miles, president of Westchester Community College. “We are excited to add SUNY Pathways to academic programs like our Honors College that promote degree attainment in two years. Financial incentives for transfer to a four-year SUNY institution upon completion provides powerful motivation for these talented students.”
Students should visit www.sunywcc.edu/suny-pathways for more information.
About Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College provides over 24,000 full-time and part-time students with an education taught by award-winning faculty at one of the lowest tuition rates in New York State. The college offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, including innovative programs in such high-demand fields as Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Digital Filmmaking. The college reflects the rich diversity of its region, and was the first SUNY campus to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.