Mount Receives $750k Grant For C-STEP Program

NEWBURGH – Mount Saint Mary College was recently awarded a $750,000 grant from the New York State Education Department to launch the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP) on campus.

C-STEP will recruit minority and underrepresented student populations into the Mount’s prestigious Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics and Information Technology programs. These students, possessing strong academic and personal potential, might otherwise have been excluded from higher education due to economic disadvantage.

“I’m extremely excited that the Mount has been given this opportunity,” said Dr. Jason N. Adsit, president of the college. “The C-STEP initiative will empower students to live lives of leadership and service – and the grant is truly a tribute to the energy and creativity of our talented faculty colleagues who put it all together.”

The grant will be dispersed over five years, with the C-STEP initiative officially beginning at the college on July 1. Each year, C-STEP will provide 75 students with academic and financial support, as well as a variety of enrichment activities to help them achieve and maintain success.

The Mount will host a pre-freshman summer program for eight eligible C-STEP students each year to help prepare them academically and socially for entry into a rigorous undergraduate program. Five additional students will be enrolled in a summer residential research program each year. This cohort will spend 20 hours a week working with faculty on research.

C-STEP students will benefit from Mount Saint Mary College’s robust Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics and Information Technology programs. Mount Nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical relationships with more than 40 area hospitals. The Mount’s passionate faculty are dedicated to the success of both their undergraduate and graduate students.

Courses from Earth Science to Organic Chemistry, taught by the Mount’s expert faculty, are the backbone of the college’s strong degree programs in the Natural Sciences. They also prepare students for graduate study – including physician assistant, medical, veterinary, and dental school – and for careers in industry or education.

Mount Mathematics and Information Technology graduates work as financial analysts, actuaries, bank managers, statisticians, researchers, programmers, and teachers. Strong faculty and small class sizes, along with state-of-the-art equipment, prepare students seeking careers in educational technologies, networking, and web technologies.

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