Earlier this month, Partners for Education & Business, Inc. (PEB), announced their 12th cohort of CNY STEM Scholars. The CNY STEM Scholarship Program was designed in conjunction with PEB and the CNY STEM Hub, to support CNY high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in a STEM-related field. The program aims to build an inclusive and equitable STEM workforce in our community, create awareness among students and their families of the rewarding STEM career opportunities with local companies, and keep our hometown talent local after college graduation.

To date, the program has awarded over $1,068,000 in scholarships to local students and stands as one of the most effective strategies for recruiting talented students from our region.

When asked about the impact of the program to local companies and our community, Maddie DiGristina, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Community Relations at SRC, Inc. states, “the financial support and internship opportunities offered through the CNY STEM Scholarship Program empower our region’s next generation of innovators and problem-solvers to pursue their passions in STEM. SRC is proud to play a role in cultivating these students’ potential. We look forward to their positive impact on our communities as they shape a better future for Central New York and beyond.”

Haley Harblin, a 2024 SRC CNY STEM Scholarship recipient says, “the CNY STEM scholarship program is a great opportunity to step foot into the professional world of STEM and gain work experience through local companies as well as offsetting college education expenses.”

The 11 Central New York students awarded these scholarships, and their company sponsors, were:

  • Beardsley Architects + Engineers: Sophia Synborski (Cazenovia High School)
  • INFICON: Kelsey Dwyer (Baldwinsville High School)
  • King+King: Megan Reymond (Chittenango High School)
  • Novelis: Elijah Haga (Cato-Meridian High School) and Gavin Nichols (Cicero-North Syracuse High School)
  • SRC, Inc.: Ethan Harbinger (East Syracuse Minoa High School), Haley Harbin (Fayetteville-Manlius High School), and Yandel Valdes (East Syracuse Minoa High School)
  • TTM Technologies: Ahmad Alawaad (SCSD) and Brooke Kirkpatrick (East Syracuse Minoa High School), and
  • WestRock: Evan Gray (New Hartford High School)