York Awarded $3 million for STEM Summer Program

JFK Redevelopment Partners Awards $3 Million in Support of York College’s STEM & Aviation Education for Community Youth

On Tuesday, October 15 the JFK Redevelopment Partners, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced four community initiatives as part of a commitment to provide opportunities to the Southeast Queens community as JFK International Airport undergoes a multi-billion dollar redevelopment.

Chief among them was the commitment to allocate $3 million to transform York’s 20 year-old MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Program), formerly known as SEMAA, which introduces STEM education to students in grades 1 through 12. With this funding, the program will transition from a one-week half-day summer program to a four-week full-day program, now to include aviation education.

Please read the governor’s full statement for more information, which includes a quote from York’s Interim President, Dr. Berenecea J. Eanes.

Photo credit: Margot Jordan/The New Terminal One 

Left to Right: Dr. Chris Hsu, Director of CUNY Aviation Institute at York College; Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell, Executive Chair of The New Terminal One at JFK; Dr. Nazrul Khandaker, Director of MUREP; Dr. Berenecea J. Eanes, Interim President of York College; and Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey