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Rockland Community Foundation Changes Eligibility Requirements

The scholarships are offered to George F. Baker High School.
The scholarships are offered to George F. Baker High School. Photo Credit: Flickr

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Rockland Community Foundation has changed the eligibility requirements for the Tuxedo STEM academic scholarships it administers to now allow seventh- and eighth-grade students to apply to attend George F. Baker High School in nearby Tuxedo.

The eligibility criteria change was approved by the foundation’s board of trustees on April 26. The Tuxedo Union Free School District Board of Education requested consideration from the foundation’s board of trustees to extend non-resident student eligibility to those grade levels to accommodate student interest. The district has received inquires from Rockland families.

“The Tuxedo board wants to be responsive to the many inquires we have received from seventh and eighth-grade parents who are looking to Tuxedo to provide continuity for their children’s middle school and high school education and for their future academic achievements and accomplishments,” said Board of Education President Joanne Vernon. “Because we have the ability to make this modification, we are happy to do this.”

The criteria requires seventh to 12th grade students to be full-time non-resident students who show demonstrated interest and achievement in STEM related programs and activities. There are $6,000 scholarships available for students with a GPA of 90 or better; and $4,000 for students with a GPA of 85 to 89.

Awarding of a scholarship is contingent on criteria as detailed in the application requirements, including: Recipients must commit to attend Baker for the 2016-17 school year, and uphold a high standard of conduct and academic performance. Renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon proof of satisfactory achievement, receipt of the required reporting materials, and the availability of foundation funds.

The complete details and scholarship requirements are available at this link.

To learn more, call the George F. Baker STEM Academy admissions office at 914-351-4799.

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