Congressman Meeks presents $2.1 million in federal funding to York College

Meeks, faculty, students holding check
Congressman Gregory Meeks, York College President Berenecea Eanes, faculty and students pose for a photo as Meeks presents a check for $2.1 million in federal funding for the college’s academic programs. (Photo courtesy of Meeks office)

Congressman Gregory Meeks on Tuesday, Feb. 14, presented a check for $2.1 million in federal funding for academic programs at York College in Jamaica.  

“The funding approved for the projects provides the geology, environmental science and pharmaceutical science workforce training programs with the resources they need to have students excel in their academic programs,” Meeks said. “The federal funding will also go toward student stipends. It’s important for students to be focused on their coursework and not on how they can pay for books or the next meal.”

York College President Berenecea Johnson Eanes explained the impact of the allocated federal funding for students.

“We deeply appreciate the funding Congressman Meeks secured for York College,” Eanes said. “His unwavering support advances key academic programs, providing students with even more unparalleled opportunities to achieve their highest potential. We are grateful York College and our community have him as a leader and advocate in our local Congressional District and on Capitol Hill.”

The federal funding will assist in the following two priorities:

The $1,267,500 allocated for the geology and environmental science programs includes funding for student stipends and equipment. Additionally, the funding will pilot a faculty/student mentoring program for new geology majors, the majority of whom come from southeast Queens are often first-generation Americans.

The $850,000 for the pharmaceutical science workforce training program includes money for equipment and the establishment of a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical analytical laboratory, which will enable students to be trained on emerging trends in drug identification, analysis and discovery.