The State University of New York (SUNY) has announced that Albany High School scholar-athlete Essence Pringle has received the 2016 Ben M. Becker Memorial Scholarship and will attend Buffalo State College in the fall. Pringle was presented with the award at Albany High School’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 26.
Pringle excelled both in and out of the classroom at Albany High, working on her honors and AP courses while participating in Albany High’s volleyball and basketball programs, as well as the school’s orchestra. Pringle is also involved in numerous community and school-related service, in addition to working part time in customer service. She will study criminal justice.
About the Ben M. Becker Memorial Scholarship
In 1996, Bob Becker, Ben’s son, founded the Becker Foundation with the mission of helping deserving students achieve their dream of a college education. The Ben M. Becker Memorial Scholarship Award, supported by the Becker Foundation, is provided annually to the most qualified Albany High School senior who will be attending a SUNY institution.
The Ben M. Becker Memorial Scholarship Award was increased in 2007 to $3,000, making it one of the largest privately endowed college scholarship awards at Albany High School. The scholarship is awarded at $1,500 per year over the first two academic years, with the second installment predicated upon good academic standing at SUNY at the end of the first year.