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CUNY students eligible for $800 scholarships revived in city budget

CUNY students who graduate from city high schools and keep a B average will be able to get scholarships of $800 a year under a program created by the new city budget.

The budget provides $11.1 million for the grants, known as the CUNY Merit-Based Scholarship Program.

A similar program, dubbed the Peter F. Vallone Scholarship for the former Council speaker, was scrapped in 2011.

His son, Peter Vallone Jr., charged the scholarship program’s dumping was political retaliation for his clashes with former Speaker Christine Quinn.

The elder Vallone’s other son Paul, now a Queens Councilman, pushed for the restoration of the scholarship this year.

“The challenge is to be the very best you can be and get that B average, and we will stand with you and give you the financial support,” he said.

About 13,000 students will be able to get the scholarships, which will be available starting this fall.

CUNY tuition is $6030 a year for New York residents going to a four-year college, and $4500 for a community college.

See full article at NY Daily News.