Baruch Student named a New York Collegiate Institute Scholar – The Ticker
Baruch College’s accounting major, Jehmehl Fair, was recently named a New York Colligate Scholar of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship.
William Keyes, who serves as president of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, announced in a press release the names of the scientists selected to attend the inaugural class of the New York Collegiate Institute.
The New York Collegiate Institute is a program designed to highlight the best and brightest in the African American community.
The New York Colligate Institute was launched in January 2020. The project is sponsored by Select Equity Group, a company founded in 1990 with the idea that independent research and disciplined long-term investing would bring returns to their clients.
In addition to Baruch, the list of scientists for the opening class of 2021 also includes students from Fordham University, New York University and CUNY York College.
Keyes released a statement following the announcement.
“The achievements of our alumni show that our program works. I founded the institute to provide the most talented African American men with the support they need to realize their tremendous potential, ”said Dr. Keyes. “We put them in a strong network of talents
Men who can assist them when they seek extraordinary success for reasons greater than themselves. “
In an interview, Fair The Ticker told how Keyes told him himself that he would become a scholar for the institute.
“I found out that I was selected as a scientist when Dr. William Keyes, founder of the institute, spoke to me on the phone and told me the good news,” said Fair.
Fair also said he was both “thrilled and grateful” to receive the call from Keyes that the New York Collegiate was a program he dreamed of despite the slim chance for applicants.
“I was thrilled when Dr. Keyes called because this was a program and network I was dying to be part of, but also grateful to be selected because not everyone gets the chance for an opportunity like the institute,” said Fair.
Fair also spoke about the importance of his recent accomplishment as a young man of color.
“As a man of color, options will be limited simply by the color of my skin. For me, not only do I have to work harder, but I also have to be smarter when trying to step into fields and environments that people like me are excluded from. Being a scientist at the New York Collegiate Institute is very important because I can learn from professionals who look like me and have been through what I am most likely to go through in the professional field, ”he said. “As a scientist, I can also take this opportunity to help my colleagues and those younger than me
also to be successful. “
Colin Ganges, who serves as a member of the selection committee, told The Ticker: “I was pleased to name Jehmehl a scholar as his academic and professional achievements clearly showed that he had worked hard and deserved recognition.”
When asked about the future of the New York Colligate Scholars programs and what the program would like as a scholarship holder, Ganges hopes to find more scholars “who work hard both in and out of the classroom.”
“The same ones we look for in current scientists. People who work hard in and out of class. People who are ambitious and want to make a real impact in the world. People who really appreciate the network and the ability to work with other scientists at the institute to make the impact
they are looking, ”said Ganges.
Fair is a member of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors Program and a member of the Varsity basketball team. Outside of student athletics, he is a volunteer on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and acts as a mentor for the mentorship project.