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September 23, 2008


NEW YORK, September 23, 2008 -- Casting its net wide for the brightest public school students in the five boroughs, The City College of New York [CCNY] has established a new scholarship program that guarantees recipients up to $24,000 in support for four years.

The first class of CCNY New Era Scholars will enter The City College in fall 2009.  Up to 100 entering freshmen, with a minimum combined SAT score of 1150 or the equivalent on the ACT and an 85 high school average, will receive awards annually. 

Sponsored by one of CCNY’s most distinguished alumni couples, Yvette and Larry Gralla, who graduated in 1953 and 1951, respectively, the scholarships will include stipends of $6,000 a year renewable for up to four years. For New Era Scholars admitted to CCNY’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education the period will be five years. Students must maintain full time enrollment and a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. to remain eligible.

Scholarships will be offered to graduating seniors from ten top public high schools across New York:

  •        Benjamin Cardozo High School
  •        Dewitt Clinton High School
  •        Forest Hills High School
  •        Francis Lewis High School
  •        Bayside High School
  •        Ft. Hamilton High School
  •        E.R. Murrow High School
  •        Midwood High School
  •        LaGuardia Music/Art High School
  •        Townsend Harris High School

Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of CCNY, said the scholarship program was an important step in bringing in more high quality students to the College.

“It’s a continuation of City College’s noble mission that dates back to 1847 to provide access to higher education for bright young men and women from working class and immigrant families,” Dr. Williams said.

He thanked Mr. and Mrs. Gralla for their many years of indefatigable support to their alma mater above and beyond the call of duty.

Said Mr. Gralla: “This new program takes advantage of the remarkable upsurge in admissions standards at City College in recent years.  All this is due to the inspired leadership of Dr. Williams since he was appointed President in 2001.”

A retired trade magazine publisher turned philanthropist, Mr. Gralla and his wife have been pivotal in turning CCNY into a magnet for high-achieving students from elite public schools.

In 2002, they established the Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project which provides scholarships to outstanding students from Stuyvesant High School – Mr. Gralla’s alma mater – to attend CCNY.  Similar programs were established with Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School.

The New Era Scholarship program will be administered by The City College Fund. The fund’s Executive Director, Elena Sturman, said selection would be solely based on academic standing.

Founded in 1946, The City College Fund is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides support for scholarships, academic programs, and support services, with funds donated from private sources.  Its current assets total $43 million.  The Fund has provided innumerable students with the vital support needed to attend college and become a part of the CCNY legacy.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit