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Stony Brook scholarship honors former Long Island Association President Matthew Crosson

Former Long Island Association chief Matthew Crosson. (April

Former Long Island Association chief Matthew Crosson. (April 2010) (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Family and friends of the late Matthew Crosson, a longtime president of the Long Island Association, said they have established a memorial scholarship fund for Stony Brook University journalism students interested in public affairs reporting.

Crosson, an attorney by trade, led the business association for 16 years until he resigned in 2010 for a position as chief executive of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. He died on Dec. 23, 2010, at age 61, of complications following a stroke.

Crosson co-hosted a local public affairs television show called “The Cutting Edge,” with former Newsday editorial pages editor Jim Klurfeld, now a Stony Brook professor.

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“His appreciation for the written word and his belief in responsible journalism was fierce, so in addition to his primary role of advancing economic development for Long Island, it was his personal mission to bring to fore the most pressing current affairs issues facing this community,” said his widow, Elaine Crosson, 55, who moved back to Long Island after her husband’s death. She is vice president of external affairs at Stony Brook.

The Matthew T. Crosson Memorial Scholarship in Journalism will award one undergraduate student in his/her junior or senior year $2,000, beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.

The scholarship is funded with a $50,000 gift from the Crosson family and an additional $50,000 challenge grant from a fund at the university established by the Simons Foundation.

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