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Macpherson thanks Cuomo for Excelsior

by Kiara Alfonseca - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Mon, Apr 17th 2017 09:00 pm
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PRESIDENT'S THANKS - President Macpherson has extended her thanks to Governor Cuomo for his effort to make the Excelsior Scholarship a reality.
Photo courtesy of governorandrewcuomo on Flickr PRESIDENT'S THANKS - President Macpherson has extended her thanks to Governor Cuomo for his effort to make the Excelsior Scholarship a reality.

Statewide, presidents from State University of New York and City University of New York have banned together to endorse Governor Andrew Cuomo's Excelsior Scholarship, the new, first-in-the-nation initiative that will give in-state students free tuition for their undergraduate endeavors at public universities. 

Almost a million families are eligible to receive the aid, and this means the work force in and coming out of the State of New York will have at least the associate's degree that the governor's office says will be required by the over three million jobs in New York by 2023, according to the news release by Governor Cuomo.

The news has garnered support from The College at Brockport administration as well; President Heidi Macpherson was one of many administrators from SUNY leadership to lend their support to Cuomo's initiative. 

"Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for recognizing the importance of investing further in public higher education in New York and for setting our state on a progressive course   forward," Macpherson said in the press release.

She was one amongst the man from SUNY and CUNY to commend the governor, including  Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi. 

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher also declared her support, recognizing the positive impact this will have for students all across the state of New York.

"The program takes college affordability to a dramatic new level in New York State while also incentivizing college completion, a proven game changer in reducing student debt and positioning students for success not only in college but also career," Zimpher said.

As student debt becomes a major concern from students across the country, many hope that Cuomo's initiative will lend hope and inspiration to those throughout the nation and encourage leaders to follow the same lead. 

"This is a critical step forward in our efforts to build up our workforce, remain competitive in the global economy, support the middle class, and create a more prosperous New York for all," Cuomo stated in the press release. 

As for Brockport students, as long as they are undergraduate students and are residents of the state of New York, meeting minimum GPA requirements and the family income threshold, they can receive the scholarship to help their future in higher education.

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