SUNY Cobleskill Announces Two New Endowed Scholarships for Continuing Students

SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to announce the creation of two new scholarships, The James and Debra Thatcher Family Endowed Scholarship and the Michael R. Wacksman Leadership Scholarship Endowment. Both scholarships will be available for continuing students who meet the appropriate criteria.

 The James and Debra Thatcher Family Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is majoring in Early Childhood and possesses a minimum GPA of 2.75, with preference given to a student with financial need.

Dr. Thatcher and her husband created the endowment with the idea that an investment in the education of early childhood professionals is really an investment in children. “What could be more important in our world than ensuring the well-being and development of the youngest members of our society?” Dr. Thatcher said.  “James and I are hopeful that we are making a positive difference in the lives of SUNY Cobleskill students as well as in the lives of the children and families with whom they will work.”

The Michael R. Wacksman Leadership Scholarship will be presented to a student who is greatly active in the campus community through community service and participation in leadership workshops and opportunities. A student interested in acquiring must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.

“I decided to create this endowment because I’m celebrating my 15th year working at this institution,” Wacksman explained.  He noted that over the years as an undergraduate of SUNY Cobleskill and as a professional, he has been rewarded in many ways and wanted to give students an opportunity to be rewarded through their dedicated co-curricular experience.   “There are students with dedicated leadership experience that have a need, so I’m honored to create a scholarship in my name,” he added.

If interested in contributing to The James and Debra Thatcher Family Endowed Scholarship or the Michael R. Wacksman Leadership Endowment, please contact the Office of Advancement by phone at 518-255-5524.




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