$4M in college scholarships given to entire charter school graduating class

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Each and every student graduating from the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School is headed off to college in the fall.

That positive note was announced at their commencement ceremonies for the 51-student class. Officials said of all the students attending college, more than $4.5 million in scholarships were awarded.

Steve Finch, plant manager for the General Motors plant in Tonawanda, delivered a keynote address at the ceremony on Monday. General Motors partners with the charter school with a robotics program.

“We’ve got so much robotics and technology, and things like that, that we have to make sure we have a good feeder pool of students coming through that can take the jobs on in the future,” Finch said. “It’s been a really interesting opportunity for us to engage with the students, they have been to our plant, they have been to our facility, and we are very interested in the future opportunity for these students in STEM subjects.”

For the students graduating, the focus was more on the moment of success.

“It means a lot to me, this is the biggest accomplishment I’ve ever had,” Aaliyah Coleman said.

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