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Patrick Orecki, MPA Class of 2015, Awarded Prestigious NYS GFOA Scholarship

Patrick Orecki, a Master of Public Administration student in the Class of 2015, has been awarded the Stanley M. Schoenfeld Scholarship by the New York State Government Finance Officers' Association (NYS GFOA). The NYS GFOA Stanley M. Schoenfeld Memorial Scholarship Award, named for one of the Association's founding members and its first treasurer, was created to encourage college students to pursue a career in government finance.

Mr. Orecki, who is currently pursuing concentrations in public financial management and policy analytic methods, was awarded the scholarship at the NYS GFOA 35th Annual Conference at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Albany, NY on April 4, 2014. Patrick has completed internships in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Office of Regional Affairs and Senator Charles Schumer's district office in Rochester, NY.  Currently, he is interning at the Office of the State Comptroller where he is assisting in research and reports for the Office of Budget and Policy Analysis.  After graduation, Patrick hopes to pursue a career in public financial management at the state or local level in New York State. 

Patrick joins a number of distinguished Rockefeller College alumni who have earned the Schoenfeld Scholarship, including Glenn Schnabel, MPA '13, assistant to the village manager in Scarsdale, NY; Courtney Asker, MPA '10, budget analyst for the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Matt Milford, MPA '09, assistant project manager at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. 

Stanley M. Schoenfeld was one of the founding members of the NYS GFOA, and served on the Board of Governors for many years and as the first treasurer of the Association from 1979-1991.  Applicants for the Schoenfeld Scholarship must be enrolled in a NASPAA member school in New York State, have a superior academic record, show promise of completion of his or her graduate program at a high level of performance, and provide evidence of intention to enter  public administration, specifically government finance or accounting, at the State or local level in New York State.

Learn more about the Stanley M. Schoenfeld Scholarship