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Even in the best of circumstances, growing up can present real challenges. For inner-city school children those challenges are multiplied many times over and are often overwhelming. These children need help removing the fundamental challenge of getting a good education in a safe, secure environment in New York City. More than 60% of the students enrolled at the 103 designated elementary and secondary inner-city schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island come from homes living at or below the federal poverty line – the average family income is approximately $24,000 per year. Over half of these students come from single-parent households. Despite these impediments, there are resources available to families to help them overcome enormous odds and break the cycle of poverty through education. We MUST help our respective communities by giving them the tools required to build our most valuable natural resource- our children!

Following is a list of just a few Scholarship Programs I found interesting. Some of them have already reached their application deadlines; however, if it is too late for your child, it may not be for someone else’s child who may be looking for scholarships next year. So, please share these resources.

Cardinal’s Scholarship Program

The Cardinal’s Scholarship Program offers scholarships for boys and girls children who are currently enrolled in public school and would like to attend Catholic school. Applications are accepted from students entering a Catholic school in grades K thru 6 and the scholarship will follow the student through the 8th grade as long as the student remains eligible. The scholarship will pay up to 75% of the total tuition.

The Children’s Scholarship Fund administers this program, including the application process. If you are a parent in need of more information about this program, please go to the Children’s Scholarship Fund website at www.scholarshipfund.org or call them directly at (212) 515-7137.

Children’s Scholarship Fund

The mission of Children’s Scholarship Fund – New York City (CSF-NYC) is to increase educational opportunity by offering partial tuition assistance for children in low-income families. Currently, CSF-NYC provides scholarships for 9,279 students in the five boroughs of New York City. The average scholarship amount is $1,666 and the average private school tuition is $3,339. Check out the link below for more info: http://www.scholarshipfund.org/nyc/howtoapply(no%20apps%20available).html

The Greatest Generation Scholarship (GE Foundation)

The Greatest Generation Scholarship was established in tribute to Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, and in honor of the generation of men and women who served their country and helped to transform the United States in the aftermath of World War II. The Greatest Generation Scholarship program selected six promising New York City high school seniors each year for four years.  Those selected exhibited academic excellence, leadership skills, and a commitment to community service.  Each of the scholarship recipient receives critical financial support: $15,000 per year for four years of college.  Each recipient’s high school is eligible to receive $2,500 per year for up to four years (while the recipient is in college) to support its academic programs. In addition, the community service program the student works with or develops in college will also be eligible to receive $2,500 per year for up to four years to support or expand its efforts. For more scholarships and additional info, check out this link: http://schools.nyc.gov/FundForPublicSchools/AboutUs/KeyInitiatives/Scholarships/default.htm

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s (HSF) mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans. The organization delivers a range of programs to Hispanic families and students through community outreach and education, affordability via scholarships, college retention and career opportunities. HSF supports a successful path for Latinos to attain a college degree – creating an increasingly valuable asset for a stronger, more competitive America in the 21st century.  Celebrating its 35th year, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300M, resulting in close to 100,000 scholarships to students in need. For more info, check out the site: http://www.hsf.net/innercontent.aspx?id=424

The Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) who help make their communities a better place to live. Top winners can get up to $10,000! Check out their link for more info: http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/program-information.asp


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