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March 6, 2006

ALUMNI YVETTE AND LARRY GRALLA PLEDGE $7 MILLION TO CCNY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS TO GRADS OF TOP NYC HIGH SCHOOLS

With Contribution, CCNY Capital Campaign Meets $150 Million Goal; Grallas’ Total Giving to CCNY Reaches $10 Million 

NEW YORK, March 2, 2006 – Yvette and Larry Gralla have pledged to donate $7 million to The City College of New York (CCNY) to expand a scholarship program now operating in partnership with two selective New York City public high schools to as many as 11 additional schools, it was announced today.  With this donation, which brings the Grallas’ total giving to The College to $10 million, CCNY’s Capital Campaign has surpassed its announced $150 million goal.

“City College opens a door of opportunity for people who might not have any other way of obtaining an education.  This scholarship project will provide bright New York students, often children of recent immigrant families, a chance to attend CCNY, receive a world-class education and graduate without debt,” said Mr. Gralla, who with his brother, Milton, established Gralla Publications, which published trade magazines.

Larry Gralla, Class of 1951, and Yvette Gralla ’52 met at CCNY 55 years ago, and married soon after. They have demonstrated their loyalty to City College in many ways over the years.

“Yvette and Larry Gralla are true champions of City College’s mission,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York.  “We are grateful to them for their generosity and leadership.  Their donation will give more high-achieving students the opportunity to come here on full scholarships and take advantage of the unique opportunities available through our honors programs and the access they have to our faculty.”       

Four years ago, Mr. Gralla, with support from fellow alumni of CCNY and Stuyvesant High School, launched the Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project, which awards grants to Stuyvesant students with high SAT scores who enroll in honors programs at The City College.  To date, 41 CCNY students have received stipends through the project, with the first cohort expected to graduate this June.  More than 20 other Stuyvesant seniors enrolled at CCNY, without scholarship support, during this same time.

President Williams noted that several Stuyvesant Scholars have taken their places among City College’s most outstanding achievers.  As examples, he cited Gary Chan, a civil engineering major who received a $24,000 fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency for research on green roofs, and Debbie Wolf, a senior English major with a 3.9 GPA who has received a fellowship from Cornell University to pursue a Ph.D.

Last year, Mr. Gralla led the effort to establish a similar scholarship program for students of Bronx High School of Science.  Six students from Bronx Science enrolled at CCNY last fall with scholarships provided through that program, and the number is expected to grow.

A plan developed by Mr. Gralla and Elena Sturman, Executive Director of The City College Fund, which administers the two scholarship projects, calls for the program to be launched later this year at Brooklyn Technical High School.  Between eight and 10 additional New York City public high schools are being evaluated as potential future partners in the project.  Eventually, Mr. Gralla envisions extending this program to high-achieving students from every high school in New York City.  The City College Fund raises money to support programs and activities at CCNY through annual giving and special projects.

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
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