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

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

Posted by Medaille College Office of Communications

American Rescue Plan Scholarship Press Announcement

On October 7, Medaille College President Dr. Kenneth M. Macur was joined by Buffalo Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt ’89, ’19, Medaille College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Michael Moley ’07 and current Medaille student Xáneya Thomas to announce 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.”

State and local elected official dignitaries have expressed their support of this timely initiative to make a college education more accessible to students all across New York.

“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. My thanks to Medaille for making this important scholarship available to 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 N.C. Wyatt ’89, ’19. “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 are not sure if they qualify should file their FAFSA form and talk to a Medaille College admissions counselor at 716-SUCCESS (716-880-2200) or ug@medaille.edu. Anyone interested may also register for the October 16 or November 13 Open House at medaille.edu/visit.  


About Medaille College: 
Medaille College provides a personalized learning experience to its diverse student body of both traditional undergraduate and post-traditional graduate students. Medaille students engage in a high-impact, experiential educational process that prepares them for the workplace. With campuses in Buffalo and Rochester, Medaille also offers one of the most robust online programs in Western New York, as well as the most athletic programs in Western New York.


Pictured left to right, top row: Board of Trustees Vice Chair Michael Moley ’07, Buffalo Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt ’89, ’19. Pictured left to right, bottom row: Sophomore Xáneya Thomas, Medaille President Dr. Kenneth Macur.

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