FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                October 7, 2021

Medaille College Commits $1.5M Annually to Fund American Rescue Plan Scholarships for New York State Students

The College’s New American Rescue Plan Scholarship Will Support up to 50 Qualified Students per Year, With a Special Emphasis on Providing Educational Opportunities to Students From Low-Income Rural Areas

Buffalo, NY — Medaille College President Dr. Kenneth M. Macur is joined by elected officials and other dignitaries in announcing the launch of the College’s American Rescue Plan Scholarship. Medaille is committing $1.5 million per year to fund the need-based scholarship, which will help make a college education more accessible to students across New York State, with a special emphasis on low-income rural areas.

Named for the stimulus funds that the federal government provided to colleges, universities and businesses across the country, the American Rescue Plan Scholarship is aimed at helping up to 50 students each year who would otherwise not likely have access to higher education. While federal guidelines do not allow colleges to use the actual stimulus money directly for scholarships, Medaille was inspired, in the same spirit of seeding opportunity, to use money from other sources to fund this award.

“The federal government came to our rescue during the pandemic, and we now feel compelled to pay it forward,” says Dr. Macur. “We know there are students out there who are struggling to pay for higher education, and we want to help them reach their goals.”

Medaille College sophomore and criminal justice law and society major Xáneya Thomas, from Binghamton, NY, is a current recipient of a similar need-based scholarship. “Being a scholarship recipient is a life-changing moment for not only myself but my entire family,” says Thomas. “I aspire to become a criminal lawyer, so I am enrolled in the 3+3 program Medaille shares with the U.B. School of Law. If not for scholarships, I would not be able to pursue my dreams, so I am very happy to learn that the American Rescue Plan Scholarship will offer that opportunity to more students.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic revealed deep inequities throughout society, including in educational access,” says New York State Senator Tim Kennedy. “I applaud Dr. Kenneth Macur and Medaille College for this forward-thinking program that will open up higher education to students who may have fallen through the cracks. Thank you as well to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and Congressman Higgins, for their efforts in securing resources for Medaille through the American Rescue Plan.”

“The American Rescue Plan has been an essential component of our ongoing economic recovery as we continue to work every day to get more Americans vaccinated and finally put an end to the pandemic,” says New York State Senator Sean Ryan. “Today’s announcement of a new scholarship at Medaille College is yet another example of the importance of funding from the American Rescue Plan. My thanks to Medaille for making this important scholarship available to low-income students.” 

“As a proud Medaille College alumnus, I am excited to know that 50 students will be given an opportunity to attend my alma mater,” says Buffalo Common Council Member Rasheed Wyatt. “This scholarship will give students a chance to receive a higher education degree without a huge financial burden. I would like to thank Medaille College for putting our young people first.”

Here’s how the American Rescue Plan Scholarship works:

  • Medaille College will accept full Pell, TAP and the student’s Stafford loan as full payment for tuition, fees, room and board.
  • The student will be enrolled in Federal Work Study to cover the costs of books, transportation and personal items/spending.
  • The student will graduate in four years with only $26,000 in student debt.

The Scholarship is available to the first fifty qualified students who meet the income requirements and who live at least 50 miles or more from Medaille College’s Buffalo campus.

Interested students who aren’t sure if they qualify should file their FAFSA form and talk to a Medaille College admissions counselor at 716-880-2200 or ude.elliadem@gu. Anyone interested may also register for the October 16 or November 13 Open House at medaille.edu/visit