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Release Date: 08/09/2010

  • Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region Provides Tuition Assistance to College-Bound Students Who Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education


New York, NY, August 6, 2010 – Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 10 “Class of 2010” high school graduates selected from within the company’s service areas in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Western Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.  Each Time Warner Cable Scholarship recipient received $3,000 to aid the costs of pursuing a higher education.

For the first time since the inception of Time Warner Cable’s Scholarship Program in 2000, applicants had to display an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”) or show participation in the community or school activities involving STEM.  This focus ties in to the company’s Connect a Million Minds® program; a five-year philanthropic initiative which was created to inspire young people to build the skills needed to become the problem solvers of tomorrow and to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

“Time Warner Cable is committed to utilizing our resources and raising awareness about the importance of education, particularly in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- an area of study in which our country is lagging.  Our students need math and science skills to successfully compete in this highly-competitive marketplace and to be able to meet the requirements for jobs that are essential to our country’s future,” said Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President of Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region. 

The local high school graduates attended the company’s scholarship ceremony to celebrate their achievements and successes today. 

Since the program began in 2000, almost $450,000 has been distributed to local college-bound students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, community involvement and academic performance.  The scholarships program is exclusive to children of Time Warner Cable customers who plan to attend any accredited four-year college or university in the USA.

“These young adults, who are headed to prestigious colleges and universities including Cornell, Harvard and Brown, represent our future.  We’re honored to be investing in their educational journey today in order to make a difference for tomorrow,” added Novet.

This year’s scholarship recipients represent areas including Lower Manhattan; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Staten Island; Elmhurst, Queens; Leonia, New Jersey; Montgomery, Hudson Valley and Mt. Vernon.  Students plan to pursue higher education with majors ranging from Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry to Neuroscience.

About Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey.  Visit

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List of 2010 Scholarship Recipients

Tiffany Feng - New York, NY
A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, Tiffany was a member of the National Honor Society and the National BETA Club. School Institute.  She was a starter on the Girls’ Varsity Bowling team, a staff member on her High School yearbook and she also volunteered at the Specialized High School Institute.  Tiffany plans to attend St. John’s University to study Pharmacy.

Michael House - Montgomery, NY  
Michael is a graduate of Valley Central High School.  Along with his many achievements, Michael was a member of the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, and the Alpha Pi Math Honor Society.  In addition, Michael was a Renssalaer Medal Award Recipient.  On the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams, Michael was named scholar athlete at his high school.  He has performed volunteer work with senior citizens and this fall Michael will attend Cornell University to study Engineering.

Urszula Kadziolka - Brooklyn, NY
A member of the National Honor Society at Brooklyn Technical High School, Urszula was involved in many extracurricular activities such as being Captain of the Math Team and a member of the student government for four years.  Urszula helped organize and host the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Math, Science and Technology Conference at Rochester University.  She has received numerous awards and in the summer of 2009, she studied abroad in Paris on full scholarship.  Urszula is a member of the Polish American Folk Dance Company.  Urszula will attend Harvard University this fall, majoring in Mathematics.

Veronica Lai - Staten Island, NY
Awarded the Certificates of Excellence in Mathematics and Science as a senior at Susan Wagner High School, Veronica was Captain of the Varsity Swim Team and a member of the National Honor  Society.  She wrote for her school Newspaper, was a member of the Key Club, student taught Spanish to elementary school students and volunteered at Staten Island University Hospital.  Veronica plays the violin and she will attend Barnard College to study East Asian languages and cultures and Natural Sciences.

Jane Pinckney - Montgomery, NY               
While at Valley Central High School, Jane was a member of the Varsity Softball, Indoor Track and Cross Country teams.  Ranked number 2 in a class of 350 with a GPA of 4.0, Jane was also a member of the Science Honor Society and Alpha Pi Math Honor Society and on the math team. As further evidence of her interests, Jane was also a member of the French Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society and volunteered with the Walden Little League All Stars.  Jane will be attending Cornell University to study Biology and Chemistry.

Arison Than - Leonia, NJ
Valedictorian, National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction and recipient of the Presidential Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Arison was also a member of the Science League and Math League at Leonia High School. Arison was President of the Quiz Bowl Team, Co-President of the Service Club and a volunteer at Hackensack University Medical Center.  He also plays the violin, sitting first chair in his school orchestra. Arison will attend Brown University to study Liberal Medical Education this fall.

Krystal Woodley - New York, NY
Krystal received an Advanced Regents Diploma from Frederick Douglass Academy II.  A member of the National Honor Society, she received the College Summit Peer Leader Award and the Columbia University Junior Scientist Award.  Krystal volunteered as a tutor  for elementary school children with the Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation (READ) and she was awarded a grant to launch, a six week interactive reading comprehension program at the Harlem Link Charter School that she named STAR- Sit Together and Read. Krystal will be pursuing a degree in Biology at the State University of New York at Albany.

Zhifan Yang - Elmhurst, NY                     
As President of Newtown Chess Club, Zhifan was a member of the Math League and National Honor Society at Newtown High School.  He was also inducted into Mu Alpha Theta, the Mathematics Honor Society.  Zhifan has volunteered at the Newtown Church and at the Queens Library.  This fall, Zhifan will major in Biomedical Engineering at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Shetu Zahir - Elmhurst, NY
While at Forest Hills High School, Shetu was a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society and recipient of the Narissa Singh Scholarship for High Character.  She was an active member of the Red Cross Youth Club’s Greater Manhattan Chapter.  Shetu was also a research intern in the Biology Department at City College, volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital Center and held a high school internship at LIJ North Shore Hospital.  This fall, Shetu plans to attend the City University of New York at Hunter College to study Biology.

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