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MVCC’s Platt and Farr win scholarships For excelling in the field of Mathematics

Mohawk Valley Community College had two students honored this month when they were the recipients of competitive statewide scholarships for exceptional grades in mathematics.

Andrew Platt of Camden and Kevin Farr of Whitesboro were two of only eight community college students statewide to be awarded the scholarships through the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges (NYSMATYC).

Each year, NYSMATYC awards are granted to mathematics students in New York State who are planning on transferring from a two-year college to a four-year institution to continue their studies in mathematics or a related field. Students must have completed at least one year of calculus with at least a 3.5 grade point average in completed mathematics courses, and a 3.3 G.P.A. overall.

Platt, a graduate of Camden Central School, received the $1,000 cash payout. The son of Jeffrey and Constance Platt, he is planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, which has offered to match the scholarship for the fall semester.

Platt is on track to finish his Associate of Science degree in Engineering Science with a 4.0 GPA. He attended MVCC on a Presidential Scholarship and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Along with working as a peer tutor of mathematics in the Learning Center, he worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader in Chemistry. He recently was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Farr’s scholarship was worth $650 and will be applied toward Clarkson University in the fall. Farr has been on the Vice President’s List at MVCC and inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.

He was also selected to participate in an internship at Rome Air Force Research Lab, awarded through the Regional Program of Excellence. During that program he was involved in designing graphical 3-D models of workspaces for the future.

He has indicated his interest in continuing his education toward a degree in applied math or mechanical engineering.