The CCNY Specialized High Schools Scholarship Project

Since its founding, The City College of New York has established relationships with some of the city’s most elite high schools. These relationships provide more than a pipeline to a City College education; they forge a lifetime of connections and friendships, as evidenced by the bonds between generations.

The CCNY Specialized High Schools Project originated in December 2001, when Larry Gralla ‘51 and Yvette Gralla ‘52 launched the Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project as part of a fundraising effort organized by the former City College Fund. This scholarship supports high-achieving students from Stuyvesant High School, Larry Gralla’s alma mater, with free tuition and/or generous stipends that they can use for books, travel or bare necessities. Many of these students are accepted into the highly competitive Macaulay Honors College and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education (now the CUNY School of Medicine). They come with impressive high school records, with high GPAs and SAT scores between 1480 and 1600.

The program has since expanded to include the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School. In 2009, the New Era Scholarship was created for students from 11 (Bayside HS, Benjamin N. Cardozo HS, Dewitt Clinton HS, Fort Hamilton HS, Francis Lewis HS, Forest HIlls HS, Hunter College HS, Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Midwood HS, Edward R. Murrow HS, and Townsend Harris HS) selected New York City high schools whose GPAs are in the 85th to 100th percentile.

That is not the entire story, however; this is a story that is best told from the perspectives of the students who have benefited from the generosity of the donors, as well as those of the donors themselves. We would love to feature more stories of donors who support these funds and students who benefit. If you would like to be featured please send an email to with your experience. 

Scholarship Projects:

Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project
Founded by Larry Gralla ‘51 and Yvette Gralla ‘52 in December 2001

Bronx Science-CCNY Scholarship Project
Founded by Joyce Baum ‘53 in December 2002 in memory of Gerald Baum ‘51

Brooklyn Tech-CCNY Scholarship Project
Founded by Joseph Depace in December 2006

New Era - CCNY Scholarship Project
Founded by Larry Gralla ’51 and Yvette Gralla ‘52 in May 2009

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