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Alumnus Chris Cosgriff Receives Salk Scholarship

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NEW YORK, NY- May 7, 2014 – Baruch College Alumnus Chris Cosgriff has won the Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, which provides $8,000 towards medical school. He is among eight winners from the City of New York (CUNY) senior colleges.

The scholarship was established in honor of Jonas Salk, a City College graduate who developed the first anti-polio vaccine. The award ceremony for the Salk fellows will take place on Wednesday, May 14 at Baruch College.

Cosgriff, who is from Staten Island, graduated from the Department of Natural Sciences in May 2013, and he is currently an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College. He also volunteers in the Emergency Department at Bellevue Hospital. In June, he is going to Uganda to work at a clinic run by the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children.

" Winning an award bearing the name of a man who so profoundly gave to humanity is nothing short of an honor,” says Cosgriff. “Having earned my undergraduate degree at CUNY, with NYU on the horizon, I can only hope to continue following in his footsteps."

Come August, Cosgriff will pursue a degree from the NYU School of Medicine. His current research interests are in the areas of pharmacology and toxicology.

The Jonas E. Salk Scholarships are awarded annually to eight graduates of the senior colleges of The City University of New York who have demonstrated sound character, outstanding scholarship and the promise of significant contribution to medical research. The scholarship winners receive a total of $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four-year medical schools) to help defray the expenses of study for the M.D., Ph.D. or D.Sc in Biomedical Sciences or D.O. degree.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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