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Suffolk Federal Announces Scholarships to Make The Dream of Attending College Possible

Written by Brooke Hein  |  17. February 2020

Suffolk Federal is offering local Suffolk County students a wonderful opportunity to win academic scholarships to Suffolk County Community College to ensure their hopes of attending college can come true. Through this program and partnership, six scholarships will be awarded from $6,275 to $12,550 each. Applications must be completed online and submitted by April 24, 2020. If selected as a recipient for any of the scholarships, the student must become a member of Suffolk Federal by the time of award ceremony. Students can apply at https://sunysuffolk.academicworks.com.

“A fundamental commitment for Suffolk Federal is to empower our younger generation and help them obtain their full potential as they fulfill their dream of attending college,” explains Ralph D. Spencer, Jr. President & CEO of Suffolk Federal. “Each year, we provide financial support to outstanding, dedicated students who are passionate about their education and committed to becoming leaders in their respective industries. Our commitment is to off-set academic expenses and mobilize these students as they begin their journey to enhance their college experience and embark on future career goals. Once again we are excited to partner with Suffolk County Community College for this program in 2020,” he continued.

“We are grateful for the generous support and commitment of Suffolk Federal, their visionary President & CEO Ralph Spencer, their caring and engaged Board of Directors and the dozens of Suffolk County Community College alumni employed at this leading not-for-profit financial institution,” said Louis J. Petrizzo, Esq, Interim President of Suffolk County Community College. “These scholarships will provide enormous opportunities for Suffolk County’s promising students to follow their individual pathways to success. They celebrate the generosity of Suffolk Federal, the compassion of EMT Michael E. Reilly and the honor and sacrifice of Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy”.

“These scholarships will transform the lives of Suffolk’s hard-working students,” said Dr. Sylvia A. Diaz, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation. “We are excited about our partnership with Suffolk Federal, an institution which shares our mission to build our community, support our local workforce and advance our regional economy.”

This year, academic scholarship opportunities will total $43,925, an increase from the $35,000 which were awarded by Suffolk Federal last year.

This year’s academic scholarships include:

Suffolk Federal Scholarship

Suffolk Federal will award four scholarships of $6,275 each ($3,275 will be awarded to recipients in the fall of 2020 and $3,000 will be awarded to the recipients in the spring 2021).

Eligibility: High-school seniors who are residents of Suffolk County with a minimum GPA of 77. The student must demonstrate involvement in an extracurricular activity and/or community service. The student must also submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship.

The Michael E. Reilly Memorial Scholarship

Suffolk Federal will award one scholarship of $6,275 to a new full-time student. ($3,275 will be awarded to the recipient in the fall of 2020 and $3,000 will be awarded to the recipient in the spring 2021).

Eligibility: High school senior becoming a new full-time student who is a resident of Suffolk County. Student must have a family member who is a volunteer with a local fire department or local EMS. The student must submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship along with details on their personal connection to having a family member of a local fire department or EMS.

“Education and knowledge provide the power which a student can use to accomplish great things in the world. We are excited to offer The Michael E. Reilly Scholarship to a deserving student in memory of our son Michael, who lost his life when home on leave from the Coast Guard,” explained Edward J. Reilly, father of the late Michael E. Reilly and Treasurer at Suffolk Federal. “It is one way we can not only honor Michael’s life, but support the leadership, accomplishments, passion and talents of our students, empowering them to achieve success,” he continued.

LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship

One high school senior becoming a new full-time student will be awarded $12,550. $6,275 will be provided by the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation and matched by Suffolk Federal for a total of $12,550. ($6,275 will be awarded to the recipient during the 2020-2021 academic year and $6,275 will be awarded to the same recipient during the 2021-2022 academic year).

Eligibility: High-school senior who is a resident of Suffolk County with a minimum GPA of 77. The student must demonstrate involvement in a school sport, extracurricular activity and/or involvement at a community-based organization. The student must also submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship.

“The Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation is honored to partner with Suffolk Federal in awarding a scholarship to a deserving high school graduate who is a member of this wonderful banking institution,” said Daniel J. Murphy, father of the late Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy and Suffolk Federal Supervisory Committee Member. “Michael’s favorite saying was ‘Education will set you free’ and this joint scholarship program with Suffolk Federal continues Michael’s legacy of service and sacrifice. We feel that this scholarship is a perfect way to honor his passion.”

Education provides endless opportunities for a student’s future and is a gift which will impact a student throughout his/her life. For more information about Suffolk Federal and the Scholarship Program, please visit www.suffolkfcu.org, call 631.924.8000 or visit any Suffolk Federal branch today.

 

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