Bill S4462-2011

Establishes the New York International Scholarship program and makes an appropriation therefor

Establishes the New York International Scholarship program; creates a program to supplement individuals receiving grants under the Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship provided for under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 (PL 106-309) therefore allowing recipients to defray their international travel costs and extending the time spent studying abroad in a non-English speaking country for up to a full academic year; appropriates $1,000,000 therefor.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Apr 6, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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BILL NUMBER:S4462

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the New York International Scholarship program and making an appropriation therefor

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The legislation enhances federal international scholarship dollars to enable students of limited means to extend their stay abroad for up to a full academic year.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a new section 667-d to the Education Law. Section One demonstrates the purpose described above, and authorizes the President of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to supplement funds received by eligible individuals under the federal International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Title III, PL 106-309. Additionally, the section provides that the president may award up to $1,000 for any individual recipient of the federal scholarship to defray international travel costs and extend study time abroad, and outlines eligibility requirements.

Section Two appropriates $1 million to the New York State HESC for the implementation of New York International Scholarship Program.

JUSTIFICATION: In our increasingly global society, knowledge of and experience in another country is counted as an asset in all fields 'of endeavor. Awareness of another culture can often serve as the critical component in business dealings, educational exchange, and preserving local stability in a diverse society. The ability to communicate in a language other than English is widely regarded as a desired outcome of a university or college education. The New York International Scholarship Program is designed to assist university students who reside and attend either a public or independent college or university in New York State to gain first-hand experience living and studying in a different culture. The program would be available to students who qualify for federal funding under the International Education Opportunity Act of 2000, (also referred to as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship) to enable students of limited means to study abroad. The New York International Scholarship will assist them in extending their stay abroad for up to a full academic year.

Throughout its history, New York had led the nation in promoting global awareness; New York City in particular has long served the international community as a center for global commerce. Racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and national diversity characterize the state, hence the value in graduating from New York's colleges and universities young people who better understand and appreciate the diversity of the global community by virtue of having studied outside the United States. The New York State Scholarship Program will exemplify our leadership in the international community and help strengthen our global competitiveness.

The Institute for International Education (IIE), headquartered in New York City, intends to promote the program as a model for every state in America. It is only fitting that New York State take the lead in the national movement to promote international study.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009-10: A.568 Referred to Higher Education 2007-08: A.4787 Referred to Higher Education 2005-06: A.5644 Referred to Higher Education 2003-04: A.264 Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill makes an appropriation of $1 million to enhance the federal dollars earmarked for qualified students participating in the International Education Opportunity program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: On the 60th day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4462 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 6, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the New York International Scholarship program and making an appropriation therefor THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 667-d to read as follows: S 667-D. NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP. 1. STATEMENT AND PURPOSE. IT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION TO ESTABLISH AN UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLAR- SHIP PROGRAM TO ENABLE AN INDIVIDUAL OF LIMITED FINANCIAL MEANS FROM NEW YORK STATE TO SPEND TIME STUDYING ABROAD IN A NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING COUN- TRY FOR UP TO A FULL ACADEMIC YEAR. 2. ESTABLISHMENT AND DURATION. THE PRESIDENT IS AUTHORIZED TO ESTAB- LISH THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. THE PRESIDENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO SUPPLEMENT FUNDS RECEIVED BY AN ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL UNDER THE BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR- SHIPS PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 2000, TITLE III OF PUBLIC LAW ONE HUNDRED SIX-THREE HUNDRED NINE (PL 106-309). NO RECIPIENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AWARD PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION FOR MORE THAN ONE ACADEMIC YEAR. SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP." 3. AMOUNT. THE PRESIDENT UPON APPLICATION THEREFOR SHALL AWARD A SCHO- LARSHIP UP TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL RECIPIENT OF THE BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAY- ING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COSTS AND EXTENDING THE TIME SPENT STUDYING ABROAD UP TO A FULL ACADEMIC YEAR; PROVIDED, HOWEVER THAT THE AMOUNT NOT EXCEED ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. A RECIPIENT OF THIS SCHOLARSHIP MAY CONCUR- RENTLY RECEIVE WITH SUCH AWARD ANY OTHER ACADEMIC OR GENERAL AWARD FOR WHICH HE OR SHE MAY BE ELIGIBLE PROVIDED HOWEVER IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
COMBINATION OF ALL SUCH AWARDS EXCEED THE INDIVIDUAL RECIPIENT'S COST OF ATTENDANCE AT THE ABROAD INSTITUTION. 4. ELIGIBILITY. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION AN "INDIVIDUAL" SHALL MEAN A PERSON: A. IN GOOD STANDING AT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION RECOGNIZED AND APPROVED BY THE REGENTS OR THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHICH PROVIDES A COURSE OF STUDY LEADING TO THE GRANTING OF A POST-SEC- ONDARY DEGREE OR DIPLOMA; AND B. ACCEPTED FOR UP TO ONE ACADEMIC YEAR OF STUDY ON A PROGRAM OF STUDY ABROAD APPROVED FOR CREDIT BY THE STUDENT'S HOME INSTITUTION; AND C. RECEIVING ANY NEED-BASED STUDENT ASSISTANCE OR FINANCIAL AID UNDER ARTICLE THIRTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER; AND D. RECEIVING MONEYS FROM THE FEDERALLY FUNDED BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP; AND E. WHO IS A CITIZEN OR NATIONAL OF THE UNITED STATES. 5. APPLICATION AND SELECTION. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AND SELECTION SHALL BE CARRIED OUT THROUGH THE INSTITUTIONS. IN CONSIDERING APPLICA- TIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP UNDER THIS SECTION THE INSTITUTION SHALL CONSIDER THE FINANCIAL NEED OF THE INDIVIDUAL, INCLUDING THE INCREASED COSTS OF STUDY ABROAD. S 2. The sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the New York state higher education services corporation out of any moneys in the state treasury to the credit of the state purposes account not otherwise appropriated for services and expenses of the corporation, to provide state matching funds for the purposes of exclusively carrying out the provisions of this act. S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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