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Two Alfred University graduates receive SUNY grant awards to continue education

Two recent Alfred University graduates—one from the Inamori School of Engineering and one from the School of Art and Design—have been awarded Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowships from the State University of New York.


ALFRED, NY – Two recent Alfred University graduates—one from the Inamori School of Engineering and one from the School of Art and Design—have been awarded Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowships from the State University of New York.

Cooper Howard, who earned a B.S. degree in ceramic engineering, and Sam Sloan Wiechert, who earned a B.F.A. degree, were named recipients of the Graduate Fellowships, which provide honorees a one-time award of $5,000. According to SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, Graduate Fellowships for 2020 were awarded to just 55 of SUNY’s top Bachelor’s Degree students who plan to begin pursuing a graduate degree at a SUNY institution this coming fall. 

To be considered for a Graduate Fellowships a student must have accumulated a GPA of 3.3 or higher. The non-tuition scholarships can be used to defray the cost of room, board, books, technology, and other eligible costs of attendance. Howard, from Brooklyn, NY, plans to pursue a master’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University. Wiechert, a resident of Roslyn, NY, will pursue an M.F.A. degree in electronic integrated arts, also from Alfred University.

“We are immensely proud to recognize these exceptional students from across SUNY who have worked tirelessly to excel in their fields of study,” Chancellor Johnson said in a press release from SUNY. “Their recognition as the winners of the Chancellor’s Graduate Scholarship Award will no doubt inspire countless other students to pursue their educational path at SUNY, and in turn we will continue to provide access and opportunities to invest in tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.”

In addition to the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowships, SUNY also awarded Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarships to undergraduate students from SUNY institutions. Those $5,000 grants are awarded to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a SUNY college or university. A total of 100 students from SUNY’s 64 institutions were awarded Undergraduate Scholarships or Graduate Fellowships.