Senator Robach Announces College Education Scholarships

Senator Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

“As hard working families struggle to afford higher education, this scholarship will go a long way in allowing a student to further their education,” said Senator Robach. “For our high school graduates, every little bit will help them afford their dream of getting a degree.”

This year, the Italian-American State Legislators Conference will be awarding four $1,500 scholarships to four current or future college students from New York State. Eligibility will be based upon the student’s grade point average, interest in pursuing a higher education, involvement in the local community as well as individual financial need.

The Conference is bipartisan organization of New York State Assembly and Senate members who are actively involved in promoting and celebrating the state’s Italian-American community. The Conference mission is to work hard to elevate and highlight Italian-American contributions to the State of New York and beyond, in all aspects of society, including literature, the arts, architecture and politics. The conference also tries to dispel negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans.

“Our conference is very proud of our role in promoting higher education and assisting students in reaching their academic goals and full potential for success in all of their future endeavors,” Said Senator Robach.


For more information please visit Senator Robach’s website for this and all education issues in our community.


The New York State Senate today passed a bill to prevent students from cheating by prohibiting the sale or purchase of dissertations, term papers, and similar academic documents online. This bill moved out of the Senate Higher Education Committee this month, which Joe Robach is a member, and then advance to the Senate floor this week. The legislation (S2405), supported by Joe Robach, would prevent academic fraud by discouraging Internet-based services from selling education or educational papers to students.

Most academic institutions have plagiarism policies in place whereby students who engage in such activity are punished. However, currently there is no New York State law that deters online entities from offering educational papers for sale.

This bill extends the current prohibition against the sale or purchase of “written” term papers and other documents provided for sale or purchase by including papers purchased through electronic media, such as the Internet. Students would still be able to access research information online, but sale or purchase of term papers, theses, or dissertations would be a violation punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly. For more information on this Senate bill or any other education initiative, contact the office of Joe Robach.