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College incentive program for tech students

Albany, N.Y. -- A new incentive program for high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Tuesday.

The New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program is meant to encourage high school students to not only study in New York state, but work in New York state after graduation in one of many high-tech fields.

The top 10 percent of students in every high school across New York state who decide to major and work in a STEM program will be given a full scholarship to a SUNY or CUNY for 5 years after graduation from high school.

"Across New York, STEM careers are growing 2.5 times faster than those in any other field, and the Governor's incentive program is a valuable opportunity for the next generation to fill the gap," Nancy Zimpher, SUNY chancellor, said in a statement. "The program gives top-of-their-class students a world-class education in high-need fields while creating a pipeline of elite talent of the state where our workforce and economy need it the most."

In order to be eligible for the program, students must be attending a high school in New York state, be ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes and enroll in a full-time program at a SUNY or CUNY college.

The program will begin for the graduating class of 2014. Students graduating this year must be enrolled in a college program by the fall.

Applications are due Aug. 15 and are available at the New York State Higher Education Services website:

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Washington Times