To honor New Rochelle's 325th anniversary year, the College of New Rochelle has created a scholarship that will benefit a city resident.
College President Judith Huntington made the announcement Thursday in a press conference held in Castle Parlors at Leland Castle on the New Rochelle campus.
"We view this special award as an investment in the future of New Rochelle and its residents," she said, "as we continue to contribute to the intellectual pipeline that will bring both the College of New Rochelle and the City of New Rochelle much success well into the future."
The annual scholarship, up to $9,000, is open to any New Rochelle resident, who is accepted and enrolls in either the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Nursing, Huntington said. The student must be nominated by a principal or guidance counselor.
The College of New Rochelle, founded in 1094 by the Ursuline Order, was the first Catholic college for women in New York. It is comprised of the all-woman School of Arts and Sciences and three co-ed schools—the School of New Resources (for adults), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. Besides the main campus in New Rochelle, there are five campus locations in New York City.
Mayor Noam Bramson said the generous offer of a scholarship is not only a means by which a fortunate student will get a good education but shows that everyone in New Rochelle has a stake in each other's lives.
"All of us will benefit from this," he said.
Marianne Sussman, chairwoman of the 325th Anniversary Committee and former councilwoman, said the scholarship was a wonderful commitment and a lasting contribution to New Rochelle.
"It is typical of the generosity of the College of New Rochelle in taking a role in the community's life," she said.