“I never thought I would go to a large public school but I have to credit SUNY Ulster for really giving me the foundation to succeed.”
Katie Weber '08
Liberal Arts, Math and Science
College Scholar Makes Smart Start
New Paltz resident Katie Weber originally hadn’t planned on staying home to start her college education.
But taking advantage of paid college tuition through SUNY Ulster’s College Scholars program for county students in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes has proven to be one of the smartest decisions this high-achieving student has made in her journey to be a physical therapist.
“I had my sights on a smaller, private college but when I looked at the financial aid, I realized I would still have to pay a lot of money,” she says. “I didn’t know about SUNY Ulster’s College Scholars program at first. All of the pieces fell into place for me. It was really the price tag.”
While at SUNY Ulster, Katie worked in the Student Services Office, where she learned relevant professional skills and also was exposed to opportunities available to her through transfer fairs. Not only did SUNY Ulster give her the education basics to get started, she also gained confidence to blossom at a larger SUNY Center.
After earning her associate’s degree in math and science with distinction in 2008, she went on to SUNY Stony Brook and became active in many clubs and activities on campus.
Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in health science in 2011 from SUNY Stony Brook and was selected for the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s award for academic excellence that same year. Katie continued into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at SUNY Stony Brook, which she will complete in 2014.
“I never thought I would go to a large public school but I have to credit SUNY Ulster for really giving me the foundation to succeed,” Katie says.