Richard L. Brodsky Scholarship for Public Service

Richard L. Brodsky
Richard L. Brodsky

The late Richard L. Brodsky, a 14-term assemblyman from Westchester, served the lower Hudson Valley community for 27 years, and represented the conscience of the legislature from 1983 until his retirement in 2010. SUNY Empire State College established the Richard L. Brodsky Scholarship for Public Service in 2020, following his passing.  Brodsky was a formidable figure in the Legislature and an advocate for all New Yorkers. Throughout his career, he became a mentor to many, including current SUNY Chancellor and former SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras, who began his career as a public policy analyst in Brodsky‚Äôs office.  The selected recipient will be awarded $1,200 to be used for tuition, books, or other educational expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

SUNY Empire undergraduate students interested in applying will have:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to careers in public service upon graduation
  • Evidence of leadership ability
  • GPA of 3.0 or above

Application and Selection Process

To apply for this scholarship, students must first complete the general application through the SUNY Empire State College Foundation Application for Scholarships Tool. In addition, students must submit a personal essay stating their goals for a career in public service and how a degree from SUNY Empire will help them advance those goals. Applications are due by June 30 at

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Make a donation to the Richard L. Brodsky Scholarship for Public Service at

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