DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Mercy College recently announced a major donation from the Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation to launch the Mercy Scholars Program, a new scholarship fund to help close the financial gap for high achieving students with strong financial need.
Along with the Niehaus Foundation, Mercy College board member Jim McCormick and his wife, Marsha McCormick, have also made a significant donation to the program.
Moreover, board members and Mercy College faculty and staff have contributed, in all raising over $1 million.
The program is part of the college's long-term plan to help more students graduate from college in four years and enter the workforce without debt.
“I went to college on a full scholarship. There is nothing that is more transformational to a person’s life than getting a quality education, and to be able to give someone a quality education without any debt I think is a wonderful gift. I hope they cherish this and I hope they make the most of it,” said Robert Niehaus.
To be eligible, student must: be incoming first time freshman; be full federal Pell Grant eligible and receive the maximum amount from NYS TAP when they apply and enroll for the fall of 2016; be from the New York metro area, and maintain a full-time status per semester to ensure graduation in four years.
Thanks to donations, the program is set to fund a minimum of 30 Mercy students this year for four years and additional students in coming years.
Mercy College President Tim Hall s now calling on community members and friends of the college to join and help the next generation of students.
"Each and everyone one of us have a responsibility to the next generation – we have to make them a promise to help and they will promise us to forge ahead with their dreams. Let’s help Mercy College students get to the next level in their lives," Hall said.
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