senate Bill S3605

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the John J. Marchi government studies scholarship program for CUNY students enrolled in government or government related studies

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S3605 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3877
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง679-f, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S4500, A5272
2009-2010: S5521, A8657

S3605 - Bill Texts

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Establishes the John J. Marchi government studies scholarship program for CUNY students enrolled in government or government related studies.

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BILL NUMBER:S3605

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to estab-
lishing the John J. Marchi government studies scholarship program

PURPOSE: TO establish the John J. Marchi government studies scholarship
program for CUNY students enrolled in government or government related
studies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the education law by adding a new section 679-f, the
John Marchi Government Studies Scholarship Program for full time
students enrolled at the City University of New York (CUNY).

JUSTIFICATION: Senator John J. Marchi who passed away April 25, 2009
served in the State Senate for fifty years upon his retirement in 2006.
This made him the longest serving legislator in the United States of
America. It is only right to dedicate a scholarship fund in his name
for CUM students to honor his great accomplishments which contributed to
a better quality of life for all residents of New York State. One of his
greatest accomplishments was his steadfast support for the College of
Staten Island (CUNY) which helped to make it one of the finest learning
institutions in the City.

Senator Marchi's incredible service to Staten Island and New York is,
and we dare say, will be forever without equal. He dedicated his life to
public service and did so with distinction, honor, class and intelli-
gence. He was known as an effective advocate for New York, forceful in
seeking federal loan guarantees and helping to craft the financial pack
age that saved New York City from bankruptcy in the mid-1970'S. He was a
true champion who always advanced the best interests of the people.
Mayors of both political parties relied on Senator Marchi to represent
the city's interests in Albany. As the legislative architect of our
university system, as an advocate for equitable transportation and
education funding and on so many other vital issues, he was a true and
far-sighted statesman. While these are just a few of his many accom-
plishments, this legislation would be a well deserved tribute to honor a
true public servant that did so many good things for New York State.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.4500 - Referred to Higher Education/A.5272
Referred to Higher Education.
2011: S.4500 - Referred to Higher Education/A.5272 Referred to Higher
Education.
2010: S.5521 - Referred to Higher Education/A.5657 - Referred to Higher
Education.
2009: S.5521 - Referred to Higher Education/A.8657 - Referred to Higher
Education.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The scholarship shall not exceed an annual cost of
$2 million.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3605

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the  John
  J.  Marchi government studies scholarship program

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section  679-f
to read as follows:
  S  679-F.  SENATOR  JOHN  J.  MARCHI  GOVERNMENT  STUDIES  SCHOLARSHIP
PROGRAM. 1. PURPOSE. A. THE PRESIDENT SHALL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS  TO
STUDENTS  OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK WHO ARE ENROLLED IN GOVERN-
MENT OR GOVERNMENT RELATED STUDIES. SUCH  AWARDS  SHALL  BE  MADE  ON  A
COMPETITIVE  BASIS,  AS PROMULGATED BY THE CORPORATION THROUGH RULES AND
REGULATIONS TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE ENROLLING IN AN  APPROVED  PROGRAM  TO
OBTAIN  A  DEGREE  IN  GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT RELATED STUDIES FROM THE
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK.
  B. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD PURSUANT TO  THIS  SUBDIVISION,  APPLI-
CANTS  SHALL  (1)  BE  A  RESIDENT  OF THE STATE; (2) ENROLL IN A DEGREE
PROGRAM IN GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT RELATED STUDIES; (3) ATTEND  A  CITY
UNIVERSITY  OF  NEW  YORK SCHOOL; AND (4) COMPLY WITH SUBDIVISIONS THREE
AND FIVE OF SECTION SIX HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE OF THIS PART.
  2. AWARD CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS. SCHOLARSHIPS SHALL BE AWARDED ON
A COMPETITIVE BASIS AS PROMULGATED BY THE CORPORATION THROUGH RULES  AND
REGULATIONS  TO APPLICANTS WHOM THE CORPORATION HAS CERTIFIED ARE ELIGI-
BLE TO RECEIVE SUCH AWARDS; AND WHO  AGREE  TO  PROVIDE  NOT  LESS  THAN
TWELVE  ACADEMIC  CREDIT  HOURS OR ITS EQUIVALENT FOR THE DURATION OF AT
LEAST FOUR YEARS UPON COMPLETION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAM.
  3. AMOUNT. THE CORPORATION SHALL GRANT SUCH AWARDS WITHIN THE  AMOUNTS
APPROPRIATED FOR SUCH PURPOSE AND BASED ON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS ACCORD-
ING TO A SCHEDULE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE CORPORATION IN AN AMOUNT:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03923-01-3

S. 3605                             2

  A. EQUAL TO THE TUITION CHARGED TO STATE RESIDENT STUDENTS ENROLLED IN
A  DEGREE  PROGRAM  WITH  A  MAJOR  IN  GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT RELATED
STUDIES; THE AVERAGE MANDATORY FEES CHARGED AT THE  CITY  UNIVERSITY  OF
NEW  YORK,  OR  THE  ACTUAL  TUITION  AND FEES CHARGED TO THE RECIPIENT,
WHICHEVER  IS  LESS;  AND THE AVERAGE NON-TUITION COST OF ATTENDANCE, AS
DETERMINED BY THE CORPORATION AND AS APPROVED BY  THE  DIRECTOR  OF  THE
BUDGET,  FOR A STUDENT AT THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK OR ACTUAL NON-
TUITION COST OF ATTENDANCE  AT  SUCH  INSTITUTION,  WHICHEVER  IS  LESS,
PROVIDED  THAT  THE SCHOLARSHIP SHALL NOT EXCEED AN AMOUNT THAT IS EQUAL
TO THE TOTAL COST OF ATTENDANCE DETERMINED FOR FEDERAL TITLE IV  STUDENT
FINANCIAL  AID PURPOSES, LESS ALL OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS PROVIDED
BY THE STATE, OTHER STATES, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OR OTHER GOVERNMENTS,
AND THE AMOUNT OF EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PAID UNDER ANY PROGRAM THAT WOULD
DUPLICATE THE PURPOSES OF THIS PROGRAM, PROVIDED THAT  ANY  SCHOLARSHIPS
OR  GRANTS PROVIDED TO A RECIPIENT BY THE INSTITUTION WHICH ARE INTENDED
TO FUND ANY PORTION OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ANNUAL STATE AWARD AND
THE ACTUAL COSTS OF ATTENDANCE AT ANY  SUCH  INSTITUTION  SHALL  NOT  BE
CONSIDERED TO DUPLICATE THE PURPOSES OF THIS PROGRAM.
  B.  THE  TOTAL  COST  OF THE SENATOR JOHN J. MARCHI GOVERNMENT STUDIES
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SHALL NOT EXCEED  AN  ANNUAL  COST  OF  TWO  MILLION
DOLLARS, AND NO ANNUAL AWARD SHALL EXCEED TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
  4. OTHER AWARDS. AWARD RECIPIENTS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR OTHER
AWARDS.
  5.  PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. A. THE CORPORATION SHALL CONVERT TO A
STUDENT LOAN THE FULL  AMOUNT  OF  THE  AWARD  GIVEN  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
SECTION,  PLUS INTEREST, ACCORDING TO A SCHEDULE TO BE DETERMINED BY THE
CORPORATION IF THE STUDENT FAILS TO RECEIVE A DEGREE  IN  GOVERNMENT  OR
GOVERNMENT RELATED STUDIES.
  B.  THE  RATE  OF  INTEREST  CHARGED FOR REPAYMENT OF THE STUDENT LOAN
SHALL BE DETERMINED PURSUANT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY THE
CORPORATION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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