March 02, 2012
Local commuter students from the five boroughs of New York City are
being offered the chance for a more affordable college experience
with the advent of the Hugh L. Carey Scholarship Program at St.
Named posthumously for former New York State Governor Hugh Carey
’42C, ’51L, ’67HON, the scholarship is being offered to first- and
full-time students who are accepted into one of St. John’s
four-year degree programs for the fall 2012 semester.
A minimum of $1,250 is awarded to all automatic qualifiers and
may total up to $5,000 over four years.
Additionally, those students who demonstrate financial need (and
complete their FAFSA form by March 30, 2012) may receive up to
$3,000 per year and up to $12,000 over four years. The scholarship
is renewable annually as long as the student remains in good
“This scholarship celebrates Hugh Carey’s life and his
generosity in giving back to New York City students who may not
have had the opportunity to attend college,” said Rev. Donald J.
Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s University. “The Carey
name and legacy will continue to live on at St. John’s with this
special scholarship program, and we are forever indebted to
Governor Carey for the impact he has made on our University and his
St. John’s is a global University with more than 20,000
undergraduate and graduate students from 46 states and 110
countries. Ninety-seven percent of undergraduate students received
more than $463 million in financial aid awarded by the University
for the 2011-12 academic year.
The Hugh L. Carey Scholarship was designed to help students with
significant financial need, and Governor Carey was instrumental
during his tenure in public office in the 1970’s for making
significant contributions to rescue NYC from financial
“I know our father always valued the Vincentian spirit of
service education that he received at St. John’s and that it was a
lifelong source of strength for him,” said Governor Carey’s
daughter, Marianne Carey Hayes. “He’d be thrilled to know that
there is a scholarship in place that will give help to New York
students with their financial burden. He knew full well what it was
like for him to go back to St. John’s Law under the G.I. Bill, so
he understood greatly the value of financial assistance which
enhanced his own personal education.”
New York Department of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott
fully supports the scholarship program and sees a unique value in
partnering with St. John’s to ultimately give students in New York
City a chance at a quality education at a major university.
“This program is a boost to public school students planning to
attend St. John’s in the fall,” Chancellor Walcott said. “It gives
students a chance to attend a four-year college close to home and
is a perfect example of why it's so important for students to
graduate from high school — college- and career-ready."
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