For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019

Suffolk Federal Credit Union Announces Scholarships to Make Dream of Attending Suffolk Community College Possible

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Suffolk Federal is offering local Suffolk County students a wonderful opportunity to win academic scholarships to Suffolk County Community College to ensure their hopes of attending college can come true.

Through this program and partnership, six scholarships will be awarded from $5,000 or $10,000 each. Applications must be completed online and submitted by April 26, 2019. If selected as a recipient for any of the scholarships, the student must become a member of Suffolk Federal at the time of award ceremony.

Students can access information and apply at the following links:

“A fundamental commitment for Suffolk Federal is to support our younger generation and help them reach their full potential as they fulfill their dream of attending college,” explains Ralph D. Spencer, Jr. President and CEO of Suffolk Federal. “Each year, we provide financial support to dedicated students who are passionate about their education to off-set academic expenses and mobilize the students as they begin their college experience and future career goals. We’re excited to partner with Suffolk County Community College for this program in 2019,” he continued.

“We are grateful for the generous support of Suffolk Federal, their visionary President & CEO Ralph Spencer, their caring and engaged Board of Directors and the dozens of Suffolk County Community College alumni employed at this leading not-for-profit financial institution,” said Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College. “These scholarships will provide opportunities for Suffolk’s promising students to follow their individual pathways to success. They celebrate the generosity of Suffolk Federal, the compassion of EMT Michael Reilly and the honor and sacrifice of LT Michael Murphy.”

“These scholarships will transform the lives of Suffolk’s hard-working students,” advised Dr. Sylvia A. Diaz, Executive Director of the Suffolk Community College Foundation. “We look forward to growing our partnership with Suffolk Federal, an institution which shares our mission to build our community, support our local workforce and advance our regional economy”. This year, academic scholarship opportunities will total $35,000, an increase from the $20,000 which were awarded by Suffolk Federal last year.

This year’s academic scholarships include:

• Suffolk Federal Scholarship Suffolk Federal will award four scholarships of $5,000 each ($2,500 will be awarded to recipients in the fall of 2019 and $2,500 will be awarded to the recipients in the spring 2020).

Eligibility: High-school seniors who are residents of Suffolk County with a minimum GPA of 77. The student must demonstrate involvement in an extracurricular activity and/or community service. The student must also submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship.

• The Michael E. Reilly Foundation Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technology Suffolk Federal will award one scholarship of $5,000 to a new full-time student. ($2,500 will be awarded to the recipient in the fall of 2019 and $2,500 will be awarded to the recipient in the spring 2020).

Eligibility: Student must volunteer with the Suffolk County Fire Department, volunteer with a local EMS or be enrolled in a Fire Protection Technology to EMT Paramedic program at Suffolk County Community College in the fall of 2019. The student must submit an essay of no more than 250 words explaining their eligibility and how they will benefit from receiving this scholarship.

• Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship One high school senior becoming a new full-time student will be awarded $10,000. $5,000 will be provided by the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation and matched by Suffolk Federal for a total of $10,000. ($5,000 will be awarded to the recipient during the 2019-2020 academic year and $5,000 will be awarded to the same recipient during the 2020-2021 academic year).

Eligibility: High-school senior who is a resident of Suffolk County with a minimum GPA of 77. The student must demonstrate involvement in a school sport, extracurricular activity and/or involvement at a community-based organization. Education provides endless opportunities for a student’s future and is a gift which will impact a student throughout his/her life.

“The Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation is honored to partner with Suffolk Federal in awarding a scholarship to a deserving high school graduate who is a member of this wonderful banking institution,” said Daniel J. Murphy, father of the late Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy and Suffolk Federal Supervisory Committee Member.

“Michael’s favorite saying was ‘Education will set you free’ and this joint scholarship program with Suffolk Federal continues Michael’s legacy of service and sacrifice. We feel that this scholarship is a perfect way to honor his passion.” “Education and knowledge provide the power which a student can use to accomplish great things in the world. We are excited to offer The Michael E. Reilly Scholarship to a deserving student in memory of our son Michael, who lost his life when home on leave from the Coast Guard,” explained Edward J. Reilly, father of the late Michael E. Reilly and Treasurer at Suffolk Federal. “It is one way we can not only honor Michael’s life, but support the leadership, accomplishments, passion and talents of our students, empowering them to achieve success,” he continued.

About the Suffolk Community College Foundation
The Suffolk Community College Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to supporting student access to quality education and vocational skill training by providing scholarships, emergency loans and funding for program development. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to engage alumni to maintain their connection to the college, to support foundation events, philanthropy, student mentorship and internship opportunities. The Foundation awards more than $625,000 annually in direct student scholarship support.