New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok & Greg Skiba

Future City Scholarship

The Howard E. Reese Alumni of the Year Scholarship is named after a beloved member of the Future City-Albany program. Howard was actively involved with Future City since its regional beginnings in 2000, and he remained actively involved in planning the logistics of competition day for the next 20 years. Howard was an engineer himself, working as a civil engineer for the New York State Thruway Authority for nearly 38 years, retiring in 2007. We have named our scholarship for Howard to honor his longtime support of the program and his dedication to inspiring middle school children in dreaming up brighter futures.

The Future City Competition-Albany, NY Alumnus of the Year Scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate college students and has a total value of $1,000.


To be eligible for the Alumnus of the Year Scholarship you must be an alumnus of the Future City Competition-Albany, NY program and plan to attend, or be currently enrolled in, an accredited science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) program.

To qualify for this scholarship, you must show how your involvement in the Future City Competition encouraged you to pursue an education and career in science, technology, engineering, or math.


Assemble the application in the following order.

  • Student Scholarship Application Form (please type responses, if possible)
  • Personal Statement (maximum 500 words)
  • Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Statement (maximum 250 words)
  • One copy of High School Transcript and one copy of current College Transcript (if applicable)

The application shall be emailed no later than Friday, November 19, 2021. E-mail the above items to:
Diane Bertok and Greg Skiba, Regional Co-Coordinators of the Future City Competition-Albany, NY

Applications will be reviewed by the committee and an award recipient will be notified by Friday, December 23, 2022. Committee decisions are final.

The 2021-22 Alumnus of the Year Award will be virtually presented during the Capital District Future City Competition Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 22, 2022. As the competition is virtual this year, attendance at the event is not required to receive the award

Should you have any questions during the application process, please contact:

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