| From left: Brenda Cepeda, Ross Frommer, Alexandra Hernandez, Martin Collins (chair of Community Board 12), Vera Tseylikman and Katherine Paez.|
Columbia has announced the Dyckman Institute Scholarship Fund winners for the 2004–2005 academic year. The fund provides financial support to outstanding Columbia College students from the Washington Heights-Inwood area. This year's recipients are first-year student Vera Tseylikman, sophomore Brenda Cepeda and seniors Alexandra Hernandez and Katherine Paez.
"I think it is wonderful that students from our area, a quintessential urban neighborhood, will have the experience of attending Columbia College," said Ross A. Frommer, deputy vice president for government and community affairs and associate dean at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), located in Washington Heights. "Perhaps after graduation, one of them may return to Washington Heights to further their education at CUMC and become a scientist, doctor, dentist, nurse or public health professional."
The Dyckman Institute Scholarship supports Columbia's need-based financial aid program and helps make it possible for students from northern Manhattan, who may not otherwise be able to afford college, to attend Columbia.
Martin Collins, chair of Community Board 12, conveyed his congratulations to the scholarship winners. "We recognize the level of academic excellence these students have achieved and join in congratulating them and wishing them well as they continue their education at Columbia College," he said. "We also thank Columbia University and the Dyckman Scholarship for the opportunity this program creates for high school students from Washington Heights-Inwood to receive a first-class college education."
The Dyckman Institute Scholarship is one of 300 individual need-based scholarships available to Columbia students. Its origins can be traced to Alexander Hamilton. His widow, Eliza, donated the building and land for the Hamilton Free School—the first school in Washington Heights—in 1818. In 1860, the school became the Dyckman Library, the first free public library in upper Manhattan. In the early 1920s, the library became the Dyckman Institute, which operated both a museum and a publishing house. The trustees of the Institute decided in 1943 to dissolve it and established a scholarship fund at Columbia College for Washington Heights–Inwood students.
In the current academic year, more than 50 undergraduate students from Washington Heights-Inwood are receiving more than $550,000 in need-based scholarships from Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Students from the Washington Heights-Inwood area who are interested in learning more about Columbia College and the Dyckman Institute Scholarship Fund should contact the admissions office at (212) 854-2522 or go to www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/admissions.