5th Annual CUNY SPS Scholarship Reception

5th Annual CUNY SPS Scholarship Reception


>>We have a very talented and very bright group of people who come together to figure out how to bring more opportunity to attend SPS to the people of New York City. We know that money plays a big
part in what we’re able to accomplish in our own lives and there are people out
there in the city who, I believe, once they really understand the impact this
school is having, are gonna be one of the– are going to want to be part of the
story as well.>>I am an immigrant, proud
one at that, and I would firstly identify as such any chance I get. My father was able to bring
my brother and me to the States as his dependents through one of
the formerly thriving diversity visa programs offered by the government. I was able to make it through three years
of school with every semester being more
difficult to pay for than the last. When I tell people I am enrolled in school
full-time, and I’m paying for it out of pocket, they assume that I’m insane, and maybe I am, but I am also strongly motivated and encouraged by the
welcoming and fluid process I have experienced coming back into the
CUNY school system. As a scholarship recipient,
some of the pressure to make my tuition payments have been alleviated. I was– it was certainly a surprise and much appreciated email to receive when I was notified of my award. It certainly has become clear to me that
I must continue to work personally and professionally to extend similar
opportunities to others like myself.>>Many in this room, like myself,
decided to return to school and embarked on the
quest for higher education that, for many, seemed impossible due to financial
constraints. So having been awarded this
gracious gift is truly a blessing. I joined the CUNY SPS family in the fall
of 2017 semester and began my nursing courses the following spring. In applying
for both the program and the scholarship, I hadn’t imagined that it would actually
be awarded such an honor and it has humbled me and encourages me
to work even harder. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and will
hopefully be done with both degrees in about a year or so. So you see the scholarship is removing
barriers that adult students like myself face when we are trying to elevate
ourselves and our families by earning the degrees needed to be successful in a
VOC change.>>I’d like to express our
profound gratitude to the Carroll and Milton Petrie foundation for their
incredibly generous assistance in supporting our education. So in 2017, and
for the past 16 years running, nurses have been ranked number one as the most
trusted profession in the National Gallup poll. It is skills such as how to
provide compassionate, trustworthy, and evidence-based care; how to serve as an
advocate for our patients, that we are learning here at SPS, that you have
helped us to access with your support. New York State currently has a BSN in
10 Law and an ambitious but achievable goal from the Institute of Medicine for
80% of nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science and Nursing degree by the year
2020. Making programs such as this RN to
BSN program incredibly pertinent. Scholarships such as the Petrie are that
much more important in breaking down barriers to New York achieving this goal. For the previous two semesters I paid out
of pockets for my education and literally emptied my pockets and bank account in
doing so. I cannot express how much of a
relief for my family the announcement
a scholarship award has been. Part of the reason I established Timmy —
the Timothy Mead Memorial Scholarship was to celebrate
the joy of our relationship and all that I learned about life from
Timmy and continue to learn each day; now, forty years after his death. Timothy Mead was, as we called his
disability at the time, mentally retarded. Reaction to it by the medical
establishment and society at large was to see him as nothing more and forever
broken, limited, abnormal; but here’s the important part,
my parents, siblings, our relatives and friends rejected all of these
destructive labels. And so, another reason
for founding the scholarship is to support those who I don’t
know, who aren’t family or friends, but who understand what I’m talking about. Who understand our story.>>I’m gonna make
one last pitch for those of you who are donors to continue, you can see how
important your scholarships are to the students of SPS. For those of you who are
recent alums, will be alums, to think about us as you go on with your lives
and your careers and your success; which I’m sure you will. And the obligation to
people like myself and Horace and others is to do our best to convince people
that students in this school have just incredible stories, often overlooked, make the city a better place, and need support, as much or more than what they generally
do in their own. [Applause]

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