Mercy College Receives $1 Million for Scholarships from Give Something Back Foundation

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The gift will enable 50 eligible high school students to attend Mercy College at no cost for tuition, fees and room and board.

Mercy College Board President Bruce Haber, Give Something Back Founder Robert Carr, Mercy College President Tim Hall and Mercy College Student Nicoll Baez

Mercy College today announced that the College has been awarded a $1 million gift for scholarships from the Give Something Back Foundation. The gift will enable 50 eligible high school students to attend Mercy College at no cost for tuition, fees and room and board. Robert Carr, founder of Give Back, presented the award to Mercy College President Tim Hall, at a ceremony today.

Mercy College President Tim Hall said, “The Mercy College community is very grateful for this generous gift from the Give Something Back Foundation, a tremendous organization drastically changing the lives of so many young people. There are many dedicated and deserving students in New York who will have a much brighter future thanks to the help of this foundation and we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming these students to Mercy College.”

Give Back was established through the generosity of Carr, former CEO of Heartland Payment Systems, a Fortune 1000 company that was sold last spring. Give Back provides mentoring and scholarships to qualified students of modest means so they can attend college and graduate in four years with no debt for tuition and fees or room and board. Since 2015, Give Back partnered with six universities in New Jersey before expanding into New York. Established in 2003 in Lockport, Ill., the program also helps students in Delaware and Philadelphia, and is on track to provide mentors and fund scholarships for nearly 3,000 students who qualify for the Pell Grant.

“Give Back is thrilled to partner with Mercy to realize our vision of making a four-year college education available to qualified students of modest means in New York State,” said Carr. “Mercy consistently ranks as a top school in the nation and New York, and is recognized for its commitment to a world-class mentoring program to help its students achieve success.”

Give Back will hold informational sessions in New York in order to identify eligible high school ninth graders as scholarship recipients. The selected students are provided with mentors who advise and help prepare the students to succeed in college. The first group of students could begin at Mercy College as soon as the Fall of 2020.

For more information about GSBF, visit giveback.ngo or email njinfo(at)GiveBack(dot)ngo.

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About Give Something Back Foundation
Formed in 2003, the Give Something Back Foundation provides mentoring and scholarships to academically driven students of modest means who assume college is not an option. Pell Grant-eligible students are selected in 9th grade and mentored throughout high school. Upon graduation, Give Back scholars attend one of our partner universities or colleges located in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania with the opportunity to graduate in four years with no debt for tuition and fees or room and board.

Learn more about Give Back at giveback.ngo.

Those interested in volunteering their time as a mentor can apply at giveback.ngo/mentors/

Visit Give Back at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About Robert (Bob) Carr
The Give Something Back Foundation was established in 2003 by Robert Carr, founder and chairman, who grew up under humble circumstances. When he received a $250 scholarship for college, he vowed to “give something back” when he was able. After founding a Fortune 1000 company, Carr has personally funded almost 1,000 scholarships and will continue to expand the foundation nationally.

Carr is also the founder and former chief executive officer of Heartland Payment Systems, a debit and credit card transaction company recently acquired by Global Payments. He serves on the boards of directors for MENTOR and Snider Hockey, and is a trustee at Lewis University in Illinois. Carr was appointed by President Obama to a key White House post on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee.

He is the author of "Through the Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back," which is distributed by the University of Illinois Press. His forthcoming book, "Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril of Blue Collar America," will be released
March 2017.

Learn more about Bob Carr at: robertocarr.com
Visit Bob Carr at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

About Mercy College
Mercy College is the dynamic, diverse New York City area college whose students are on a personal mission: to get the most out of life by getting the most out of their education. Founded in 1950, Mercy offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College challenges its faculty and staff to make higher education work for anyone hungry enough to earn a better place in life. With campuses in Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan and Yorktown Heights, the vibrancy of the College culture is sustained by a diverse student body from around the region.

Committed to supporting students throughout their education, Mercy College offers a personalized learning experience that includes the College’s Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. PACT is a nationally recognized mentoring program that serves as a model for student success. http://www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.

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