Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $2.3 Million in Federal Funds to Empower Underserved Biology Students at Mercy College

August 8, 2017
Press Release

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced $2,289,022 in federal funding for Mercy College to provide financial and academic support to underserved students majoring in biology.

“I am pleased that Mercy College has secured this $2.3 million in federal funding,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This funding will enable Mercy College to provide financial and academic support that will empower and improve outcomes for underserved students. These students will gain the skills critical to achieving academic success and to obtaining the jobs of today and tomorrow. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting for increased education funding to ensure hardworking New Yorkers can access quality education and find high-paying jobs.”

“As an institution serving diverse students—including a large cohort of first generation and underrepresented minority students—Mercy College is pleased to work with like-minded colleges to advance student success in the STEM disciplines,” said Dr. José Herrera, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mercy College. “Our students will benefit from stronger academic and financial support, thanks to this NSF grant—with tremendous returns to society as a result.”

This five-year grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will be used by Mercy College to provide scholarship and academic support, including advising, mentoring, and career preparation, to low-income and underserved students majoring in biology. Mercy College, whose main campus is in Dobbs Ferry, will also examine the impact of these academic support activities on enrollment, retention, graduation, and postgraduate placement rates, in collaboration with other academic institutions. Mercy is one of six colleges across the country to receive this funding.

As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey has been a leader in the U.S. House for improving access to STEM education.

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