The Percy Sutton SEEK Program is currently working remotely, but we are still here to assist you. If you have any inquiries please email us at seek@mec.cuny.edu. Please be sure to include your name, phone number and 8 digit CUNYID, we will do our best to answer all inquiries within 24 to 48 hours. Our main concern is your safety and well-being. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Important:

  • Check your MEC email regularly for important information from Medgar Evers College and SEEK
  • Please frequently check our CUNY Coronavirus webpage

Mission

The Medgar Evers College SEEK Program supports the mission of the College by providing access to a high-quality post-secondary education to students from academically and financially disadvantaged backgrounds. Through the provision of individual and group counseling, comprehensive academic support services and financial aid counseling and support, the SEEK program assists students to overcome social, academic, and economic barriers to pursuing their education and realizing their potential. In addition, the program helps students to develop strategies to enable them to explore academic, career and interpersonal issues related to their educational goals. The SEEK Program collaborates with other College departments and provides referrals when necessary to help students meet their educational goals.

Objective

The objective of the SEEK Program is to provide student services in the areas of academic support, group and individual counseling and financial aid assistance in an effort to assist students who require and can utilize such services in overcoming educational, economic and social disadvantages to achieve a high quality education.

Goals

SEEK goals include the following:
  • Academic Support: To provide effective academic support service that is an integral part of the educational process and includes collaboration with SEEK counselors, the instructional staff at Medgar Evers College, and SEEK tutors to satisfy the increased diverse academic needs of SEEK students. Through this program, students will be empowered to become independent learners and thinkers and will be able to function at their optimal level.
  • Counseling: To facilitate the SEEK student’s personal, professional and intellectual growth and development by providing individual academic advisement and group counseling courses under the Modular Counseling Curriculum (MCC), in which SEEK students attend structured courses and receive guidance and support as they adapt to and negotiate the academic system. These courses are designed to explore and seek solutions to academic and interpersonal impediments to success in college and careers.
  • Financial Aid: To provide the necessary financial support, to the extent possible, to enable economically disadvantaged students to attend college. This support includes additional semesters of financial aid, a SEEK book stipend, and paid student activity fees.
Up to $2,000 PELL refund **Can be used for academic and personal expenses. Approximately $600 PELL Book Stipend **Can be used to buy books or school supplies. $600 SEEK Stipend every semester Can be used for personal expenses (e.g. MetroCard, meals, laptop). Additional Summer Stipend 50.00 for every week of attendance at a MANDATORY pre-freshman summer program. Extra year of Financial Aid Up to 5 years of Financial Aid to complete Baccalaureate degree (Non-SEEK students receive 4 years of Financial Aid). Up to 3 years of Financial Aid to complete Associates degree (Non-SEEK students receive 2 years of Financial Aid). Free Tutoring One-on-one or group sessions Counseling and Advisement Group counseling courses and assigned counselor/advisor to assist with navigation through the college experience. Peer Mentoring Mission possible Peer Mentor Program: Freshman assigned to an upper level classman to share experiences that facilitate an easier transition to college. Workshops Variety of workshops ranging from study skills and money management to career preparation. Student Engagement SEEK Student Association, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, trips. All majors accepted Students can pursue ANY major at the baccalaureate or associate level.
Your admission into the SEEK program is conditional until you meet the following requirements: Meet the income criteria and submit all documents to the Financial Aid office (1637 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, Room S 108). Please provide Federal income tax return for student and parent, any untaxed income received in the previous year i.e. SSI, SSD, Public Assistance, Pension.) Income guidelines

Take the CUNY Placement test(s). If you do not have a test date, contact us at seek@mec.cuny.edu or 718-270-4974 immediately. Attend a SEEK orientation. Attend the mandatory SEEK Summer Academy.

 
Information for Special Program Transfer Students
The SEEK Transfer Program provides participants with academic and counseling assistance that facilitate the process of transfer students' transition into Medgar Evers College. During Transfer Orientation, transfer students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the campus and the different kinds of opportunities that are available to them as a new student transitioning into Medgar Evers College.
The goals of the SEEK Transfer Program are:
  • to integrate participants into Medgar Evesr College
  • to ensure that transfer students understand the College's policies and SEEK Program policies;
  • to review the college’s graduation, and requirements for the continued receipt of Financial Aid
  • to provide participants with Counseling, Academic Support services, and Career Support services.
  Please Note: Students who are transferring from a Special Opportunity Programs (i.e. SEEK, HEOP, EOP, CD), must submit a Special Programs Transfer Form and it must be completed prior to the beginning of the intended transfer semester, in order to officially transfer your Special Opportunity Programs status to the Medgar Evers SEEK Department. For inquiries about general admissions and Transfer Credit Evaluation, students must contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, 718-270-6024 mecadmissions@mec.cuny.edu .
As you begin the transfer process please consider the following guidelines.
 
Why do I have to file a petition for reinstatement?
  • If you have a cumulative GPA less than 2.0 and were not enrolled last semester, you must submit a petition for reinstatement to the Academic Review & Appeal Committee.
  • If you were dismissed from Medgar Evers College, you must sit out for two consecutive semesters before being eligible to submit a petition for reinstatement
What is the Academic Review & Appeal (ARAC)? ARAC at Medgar Evers College is tasked with the review and deliberation of all student petitions for reinstatement to the College who are not in good academic standing and are ineligible to continue with their academic degree pursuits at MEC. All students planning to submit a petition for reinstatement must also complete a FAFSA and include proof of submission. Why must I complete the FAFSA prior to submitting the petition? If you want to receive financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA application, which will determine your eligibility. Some students may also be required to complete and submit a SAP Appeal. What if I am not eligible for financial aid due to my income? You will not be required to complete the FAFSA form. If I miss the deadline, can I still submit my petition? If you miss the deadline for the current semester for which you are petitioning, you must wait until the following semester to submit your petition. Deadline for Fall Petition for Reinstatement: March 15. Deadline for Spring Petition for Reinstatement: November 1. What documents must I submit with my petition? You must submit a hard copy of the following: 1) type-written statement to explain your poor record of scholastic performance, as well as 2) supporting documentation such as: medical records for illnesses, a death certificate for a death in the family, obituary with your name included in program, travel itinerary if applicable, eviction notices, temporary housing statement, notarized letter etc… What happens if my petition is approved? You will be contacted by ARAC by phone and will receive a written notification. You must then complete the readmit application at the Admissions Office and pay the processing fee. What happens if my petition is denied? If your petition is denied you will not be readmitted to the College. In such cases students are urged to take advantage of the New Start Program at Kingsborough Community College. Please visit http:www.kbcc.cuny.edu/career/NewStart or call (718) 368-4911 or e-mail newstart@kbcc.cuny.edu ACADEMIC REVIEW AND COMMITTEE (ARAC) Petition Reinstatement Process PETITION FOR REINSTATEMENT FORM

Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program
Director
Sherrill-Ann Mason BIO
smason@mec.cuny.edu
718-270-4970
1637 Bedford Ave.,
Room S-203C
Brooklyn, NY, 11225

Sherrill-Ann Mason BiographyMs. Mason Pic

Sherrill-Ann Mason was appointed Director of the Percy. E. Sutton Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program at Medgar Evers College in 2016. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Academic Support Coordinator for 9 years. She has also worked as an adjunct lecturer and advisor for the Freshman Year Program and the SEEK Program. She was recognized in 2009 as the college’s Higher Education Officer of the Year. As part of her duties at the college, Ms. Mason has overseen the provision of tutorial services, supplemental instruction, student development and leadership activities and was instrumental in developing the program’s Professional and Learning Skills workshop series and a Peer Mentorship Program, called “Mission Possible”, on which she has presented at conferences across the Tri-state area. She is currently co-authoring a book chapter on peer mentoring.

Ms. Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Sociology and Radio Broadcasting from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program, and a Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Urban Affairs, from Hunter College with a concentration in Community Development and Social Policy. In 2008 – 2010, she was awarded a Thurgood Marshall Pathways Fellowship and earned a post-graduate certificate (2010) in Strengths-based Education from Gallup University’s, Clifton Strengths School.

Sherrill-Ann Mason is also a community organizer in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines diaspora in New York. Prior to migrating to the United States in 1999, she worked in communications and was heavily involved in community development and youth work. She attended the 1998 United Nations World Youth Forum in Portugal and was later awarded an internship with the United Nations Youth Program in New York in 2000. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board of the Traditional Educational Daycare Centers and as a member of the Education and Youth Committee of Community Board 9. She is also the Public Relations Officer and Coordinator of the Leadership Development Workshop Series for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York.