WILLIAMSVILLE—Representatives of Erie Community College joined the Patrick P. Lee Foundation and Buffalo's Charter School for Applied Technologies to announce the establishment and winners of the first two-year scholarships in the college's 66-year history on Thursday, August 2nd inside of ECC's North Campus.
“Since 1946, ECC has never had the opportunity to approach some of the best and brightest students Western New York with a two-year scholarship to pursue a career in engineering,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “Today, with generous assistance from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, we have that chance.”
The partnership between the aforementioned will annually finance Charter School for Applied Technologies students of exemplary performance who wish to pursue a two-year engineering degree at ECC. Combined with a committed investment from these students and their families, funds from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation will cover the selected students' tuition, school fees, books, laptop, and engineering calculator, as well as aid the students with tutoring and guidance services throughout their college courses. This year's inaugural scholarship recipients—Buffalo residents Alexandria Duncan and Alexander Correa—will be on hand with their families to be recognized. Both are Advanced Regents diploma graduates from CSAT, which boasts largest charter school enrollment in the state (1,675 students) and a 99 percent graduation rate over the past four years.
“This partnership is yet another example of how ECC is working with the business and education community to push Western New York forward,” said Quinn. “This region's future lies in our ability educate and train the next generation. Today, we're taking another step toward aiding this future.”
Located in Key Largo, FL and Amherst, NY, the Patrick P. Lee Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing support to non-profit organizations that empower families and communities with the resources needed to create positive change in areas of medical care & research, education, behavioral health and human & community services in parts of Dade and Monroe Counties in South Florida and Erie & Niagara Counties in New York.
Speakers at the afternoon's event included ECC President Jack Quinn, Patrick P. Lee, Chairman and Founder of The Patrick P. Lee Foundation; J. Efrain Martinez (Superintendent of the Charter School for Applied Technologies), and Richard Washousky (ECC Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs).