Governor Hochul Announces Application Open for 2022 Carey Gabay Scholarship Program

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the State University of New York is now accepting 2022 applications for the Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors Carey Gabay, an attorney and public servant who was tragically killed as an innocent victim of gun violence in 2015. This program provides full scholarships to five incoming SUNY students who exemplify Gabay’s commitment to social justice, leadership, and mentoring, as well as his personal story of academic success and overcoming his economically-disadvantaged background.

“Carey Gabay represented the best of us and with this scholarship, his dedication to justice lives on,” Governor Hochul said. “Students who are awarded the Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship have the opportunity to honor his name and continue his legacy by leading our state forward toward a more fair and equal future, and I encourage all who are committed to creating a better New York to apply. ”

SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, The Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship is more than an opportunity for five students to receive a top-tier education, it also serves as a reminder that his activism continues to inspire SUNY students who walk in his footsteps as our future change-makers and leaders in social justice. We thank Governor Hochul for her personal commitment to higher education as a means for equity and economic mobility, and we look forward to welcoming five new bright minds to our esteemed campuses, lifting them up so that they may achieve their dreams. ”

Founder of the Carey Gabay Foundation Ganel Trial said, “Carey was taken from us far too soon, but from tragedy has come the opportunity to lead New York’s students toward a brighter tomorrow. The fairness and justice Carey stood for live on through this scholarship and also through the Carey Gabay Foundation which serves to mentor disadvantaged youth that are far too often overlooked. I thank Governor Hochul for keeping Carey’s legacy alive and looking forward to announcing this year’s recipients. ”

Gabay grew up living in public housing and attending public school in the Bronx. After a successful high school career, he went on to graduate from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He had a longstanding commitment to public service and giving back to those around him, and while at Harvard University, he ran to become the president of his undergraduate student body. During his career, he worked tirelessly in public service, beginning in 2011 as assistant counsel to the former governor and later as first deputy counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation.

The Carey Gabay Memorial Scholarship will once again award full scholarships to five students to attend four-year SUNY colleges beginning in the 2022-23 school year. These scholarships will cover all costs of attendance, including tuition, room and board, college fees, books and supplies, and transportation and personal expenses. Scholarship recipients will also participate in a mentoring program. Applications are available here and are due by June 30, 2022.

About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students among its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $ 1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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