November 14, 2012
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Nov. 14, 2012) – The SUNY Empire State College Foundation and the college’s Student Activity Fee Committee are providing a total of $50,000 dollars for a new grant program to assist students who wish to continue their education as they manage the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Grants of up to $500 per student can be applied to replace study materials, computers, tablets, books and other losses and to needs directly related to students in the affected areas being able to continue their studies.
“Even though many of our students have been without the basic necessities of heat, light, power and some have even lost their homes, they still want to stay in school and pursue their education,” said Meg Benke, acting president of the college. “In the face of devastating losses, every little bit helps. Providing assistance focused on education not only helps students to continue their education, it relieves financial pressure in other areas of their lives. The resilience and resourcefulness demonstrated by students, faculty and staff have earned the admiration of the entire Empire State College community.”
Benke praised the college’s deans, faculty and student services staff in making appropriate and necessary accommodations to enable students to meet their education requirements as they manage the aftermath of the hurricane.
About Hurricane Sandy Emergency Education Grants
Funds will be administered by the deans in consultation with professors, student services professionals and other college staff.
Students from the college’s Hudson Valley Region, Long Island Region, Metropolitan New York Region, the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, as well as students from the college’s , nursing program and who live in the affected regions, are eligible to receive grants.
Applications are due not later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
Students must be enrolled in the college’s September or November 2012 study terms.
Awards of up to $500 per student will be made after receiving all grant applications.
Grants are available for education needs, such as the replacement of computers and tablets, books and other study materials damaged or destroyed as a direct result of the hurricane and not for general disaster relief or personal tragedies.
Students interested in applying should contact the following student services professionals where they study. The college’s students may apply for the grant online.
Joan Altman, assistant to the dean email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 914-948-6206, ext. 3588 fax: 914-761-8541 website: Hudson Valley Region
Empire State College200 North Central Ave.Hartsdale, NY 10530
Samantha James, coordinator of student services email:email@example.com phone: 516-876-4861 fax: 516-997-4942 website: Long Island Region
Empire State CollegeTrainor House223 Store Hill RoadP.O. Box 130Old Westbury, NY 11568
Metropolitan New York
Carl Burkart, coordinator of student services email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 646-230-1253 fax: 212-206-1831 website: Metropolitan New York Region
Empire State College325 Hudson St., 3rd FloorNew York, NY 10013
Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
James McMahon, coordinator of student services email: VanArsdaleStudent@esc.edu
phone: 646-230-1253 fax: 212-206-1831 website: Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
Empire State College325 Hudson St., 6th Floor New York, NY 10013
Center for Distance Learning
David Caso, director of student and academic services email: email@example.com phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2300 fax: 518-587-2660 website:
Empire State College113 West Ave.Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Erin White, coordinator of student services email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2812 fax: 518-587-5126 website: Nursing Program
School for Graduate Studies
Patricia Ryan, director of graduate student and academic services email: email@example.com phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2267 fax: 518-587-9760 website:
Empire State College111 West Ave.Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
David Henahan, director of communications
SUNY Empire State College
518-587-2100, ext. 2918
David M. Henahan, Director of Communications 518-587-2100, ext. 2918 David.Henahan@esc.edu
518-321-7038(after 5 p.m. and weekends)