Possibility Scholars

First class of Possibiiity Scholars meet Richard Back of biological sciencesOswego recruited and enrolled its first four Possibility Scholars in 2010. The college’s newest four-year scholarship program is an incubator to create leaders in science and technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Supported by donors, it aids academically qualified students from the Syracuse and Oswego school districts who are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or math and have demonstrated financial need. First-generation college students receive preference.

The uniqueness of Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship program lies in providing students with an exceptional and debt-free education in fields that are high national priorities, while giving them two additional experiences: a summer research experience that connects students with faculty doing research in their area of interest, and a Global Laboratory experience that allows them to engage in short-term international research or service projects.

When fully endowed at $10 million, the program will fund 40 students, 10 from each class year.

“This initiative supports our vital mission to educate thoughtful, well-prepared citizens in our increasingly globalized society,” said President Deborah F. Stanley. “It will transform the lives of our student scholars — and the world.”

Photo: A tour of the biological sciences department for the college’s first class of Possibility Scholars

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