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Robert Carr (right) presents the check to Queens College SEEK student Paola Peña, President Matos Rodríguez, graduate student Japneet Singh, NYC Outward Bound Schools Alumni Manager Julia Forman and Eagle Academy Foundation Director of College Partnerships Donald Ruff.

Fifty low-income students will get the chance to receive a quality education at Queens College in Flushing college thanks to financial aid the college received from a nonprofit organization.

On March 1, Queens College was presented with a $1 million check from Give Something Back that will support 50 lower-income students through four years of study, as well as room and board.

“Some people have asked me, ‘Why Queens?’” said Robert Carr, founder and chairman of Give Something Back. “Queens is a leader in supporting low-income students, and that is what we do.”

Queens College was recently placed in the top 1 percent of colleges throughout the nation that help move their students from poverty to prosperity, according to a report by the Equality of Opportunity Project.

“As many of you know, Queens College opened its doors close to 80 years ago, right in the middle of the Great Depression — so you might say that educating students who are facing financial challenges is part of our DNA.” President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said.

Queens College is the first public college in New York State to be recognized by the nonprofit. The institution, located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., offers an array of liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Paola Peña, a student at Queens College who is part of the The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program — an opportunity program for qualified high school graduates who might not attend college otherwise — spoke about her academic experience at the school.

“I’m confident that I will graduate from Queens College fully prepared for the future,” Peña said. “Because of the great opportunity that was given to me, along with the support SEEK provided and the confidence they instilled in me, I know that my future beyond college is now a reachable goal.”

Give Something Back awards scholarships to academically driven students of modest means who might not otherwise attend college.

President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

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