Pearson Education Gives BMCC $200,000 for Health Sciences Scholarships

March 26, 2002


Pearson Education, a leading education company, will give Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) a major gift of $200,000 for scholarships. The first round of scholarships will be awarded in April 2002.

Pearson Education created the scholarship fund in response to the tragic events of September 11. The company made the gift in memory of six BMCC students who were killed in the World Trade Center disaster. In honor of the medical rescue workers at Ground Zero, the scholarships will be designated for students studying health sciences.

To be eligible for the distinguished award, students must be enrolled in a degree program in nursing, respiratory therapy, health information technology, or paramedics. A BMCC scholarship committee will select students for the awards based on their academic achievement and an essay describing why they want to pursue a career in the health sciences.

“Pearson’s generous gift to BMCC will allow up to 30 students to study tuition free for up to three semesters,” explained BMCC President Antonio Pérez. “These scholarships will benefit not only our students, but the people of New York City who rely on the nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and health information technicians who graduate from our college,” Pérez noted.

“The tragic events of September 11 placed a renewed focus on the importance of educating our future emergency medical professionals and supporting their work, said Robin Baliszewski, president of the Career, Education, and Technology Division of Prentice Hall, a Pearson brand. “We are committed to educating these individuals who are so vital to our national safety. Through this scholarship program, we can honor the BMCC students who lost their lives as well as pay tribute to the brave emergency medical workers who help to keep our city safe.”

With offices in 33 countries, Pearson Education is the world’s leading education business. Its brands include Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Longman, Prentice Hall, Pearson Learning, Scott Foresman, and NCS Pearson. Pearson Education is the global leader in online learning with over 1,800 textbook companion Web sites, NCS Learn, the InformIT portal for technology professionals, and Pearson’s Learning Network, an award-winning learning portal for parents, teachers, and children.

Located in lower Manhattan, Borough of Manhattan Community College is the nation’s leading urban community college. BMCC offers more than 20 associate degree programs including nursing, paramedic, respiratory therapy, and health information technology. BMCC’s respiratory therapy program and nationally accredited paramedic program are unique in New York City. For more information about Borough of Manhattan Community College and its degree programs, visit

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