BARUCH STUDENT RECEIVES BP COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Mary E. O’Regan Awarded $3,000 Grant for Fourth Straight Year

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New York, NY - July 19, 2007--Baruch College junior Mary E. O’Regan has received a BP Community Scholarship award of $3,000 for the 2007-2008 academic year. Mary has been a recipient of the BP Community Scholarship grant since her freshman year at Baruch. A finance major at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and a CUNY Honors College scholar, she is one of 80 recent high school graduates and returning college students who live in or near New York City selected to receive a portion of the $133,000 scholarship fund created by energy giant BP America.

The awards ceremony was held on June 25 at Fordham University’s Law School near Lincoln Center. Last year, Diana Williams, ABC’s award winning reporter and anchor for Eyewitness News at 5:00 p.m., hosted the event. BP also runs commercials on local channels with pictures of the winners.

“They go to great lengths to make us feel proud of the scholarships,” Mary says.

The oldest of four children, Mary has two sisters and a brother, and is a native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. As a senior at St. Saviour High School she was first encouraged to apply to the program by her guidance counselor. This year her reapplication essay focused on what a college education means to her.

“Getting a college education helps you gets you ahead, of course,” she explains, “but it’s really the whole experience, meeting people from all walks of life, that’s also very valuable, not just what you learn in a classroom or from a book. Baruch is perfect for that because it has such a diverse student body, and it’s in such a prime location in the city.”

BP employees, dealers and recruiters in metropolitan New York began the community scholarship program as a way to invest in the success of the young adults in their business neighborhoods. Now in its 19th year, the program has provided more than $2 million for 1,400 scholarships to promising area students based on a personal essay, academic performance, extra-curricular activities, work experience, individual goals, and demonstrated financial need.

Lara Moon
Communications & Marketing
(646) 660-6093