Wyeth Pledges $200k for Scholarships
PLATTSBURGH, NY (December 7, 2007) - Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and SUNY Plattsburgh have announced that the company has made a commitment to give $200,000 to benefit science students who hail from the North Country.
Under the agreement, Wyeth will establish the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Endowed Scholarship for a total of $160,000 and make a $40,000 gift to the Plattsburgh Fund, which supports a broad range of needs across the campus located in the heart of Plattsburgh.
The Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Endowed Scholarship will help offset the cost of tuition for student recipients. Awards from the fund will benefit students majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and computer science. Preference will be given to North Country residents living in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton counties; and the scholarship may be renewed for students who remain in good academic standing.
"Although Wyeth's presence in the community will change in the future, our commitment to the community will remain. Wyeth Research and Development, through its facilities in Chazy, Rouses Point and Plattsburgh, will continue to be an active member and supporter of the North Country community," said David Champagne '84, managing director for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Rouses Point, N.Y., who helped facilitate the gift. "Our heritage of giving in the North Country is a source of pride for Wyeth and our employees."
"This scholarship from our friends at Wyeth will help SUNY Plattsburgh recruit and retain the brightest students who wish to study science," said John Ettling, president of SUNY Plattsburgh. "We, of course, are grateful, but it is pleasing to know that so many students and their families will share in this gratitude through the assistance the scholarship will provide. For many, the assistance provided through this fund will make the dream of attending college a reality."
Anne Whitmore Hansen, executive director for the Plattsburgh College Foundation and vice president for Institutional Advancement at SUNY Plattsburgh is pleased that the charitable support from Wyeth will have an extensive reach. "This gift supports the top fundraising priorities of our current comprehensive campaign. Wyeth is providing perpetual support through their endowed scholarship, as well as immediate assistance to current students through the Plattsburgh Fund. We hope Wyeth's philanthropic strategy will inspire others."
About Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (www.wyeth.com ) a division of Wyeth, has leading products in the areas of women's health care, infectious disease, gastrointestinal health, central nervous system, inflammation, transplantation, hemophilia, oncology, vaccines and nutritional products. Wyeth is one of the world's largest research-driven pharmaceutical and health care products companies. It is a leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biotechnology products and nonprescription medicines that improve the quality of life for people worldwide. The company's major divisions include Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare and Fort Dodge Animal Health.
About SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Plattsburgh (www.plattsburgh.edu ) was founded in 1889 as a teaching college and in 1948 became an original member of the State University of New York (SUNY). Under President John Ettling, Ph.D., the four-year comprehensive college now serves 5,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students. It offers over 50 majors and a wide range of special programs that prepare graduates for professional life and advanced studies through a strong foundation in liberal arts and an experience that celebrates excellence, ethical values, lifelong learning and responsible citizenship in a global community. Situated near Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and Canada, the college's unique location provides rich recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. Today, SUNY Plattsburgh is a thriving campus that has experienced a 34 percent growth in applications over the past two years and has been recognized by Kiplinger's as one of the "Top 100 Values in Public Colleges," for its mix of academic quality, financial aid, opportunities and total cost.
Caption: Celebration of philantropy and science - from left to right, Plattsburgh State Vice President for Institutional Advancement Anne Whitmore Hansen; President John Ettling, scholarship recipient Jennifer Joshua, Wyeth Research Senior Director Drug Safety Operations Perry Kurtz, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Managing Director (Rouses Point) David Champagne.