News & Events

September 2017

Rooftop Drinks to Celebrate Scholarship Plus

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Please join us Monday, September 18, in celebrating the launch of Scholarship Plus' inaugural Associate Board. This year, Scholarship Plus achieved our goal of providing college scholarships and support to ten students, and we are on a mission to reach 20 students per year. We have launched the Associate Board to help with long-term growth, and to bring the energy of passionate individuals to our organization.
Come celebrate with us in support of equal access to education for low-income scholars, and network with professionals from around the city.
Networking // Free beer • wine • food until 8:30pm // Raffle

Purchase your tickets here!

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August 2017

New – And a Bit Older – Faces Join Scholars at Summer Gathering

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The annual summer gathering is always a reunion, with older scholars reuniting with friends and members of the newest class who have been interns at New York Public Radio catching up with classmates who have spent the summer at college programs.  Something new was added to the mix at this year's gathering on Aug. 10, as several members of the newly formed Associate Board joined the group.

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August 2017

Tools for Practical College Insights Include 'Human Barometers'

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Expert advice on the realities of college life was the subject at an afternoon gathering of this year's Scholarship Plus class on Aug. 9 in a seminar room at the City University's Graduate School of Journalism.  The experts on hand included three current students, Kadijat, a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, Karen, who is entering her final year in the Maccauley Honors College at Hunter College and Sumitra, a Fordham sophomore.  The sessions were led by Gabriel Gaskin, a senior trainer at the Posse Foundation, who was joined by Kate Fenneman Stokes, executive director of Scholarship Plus.

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July 2017

The Broadway Musical 'On Your Feet!' Gets Us On Our Feet for Standing Ovation

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July 2017

The Battery, the Statue of Liberty, And a Ride on an Aquatic Carousel

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"This is my favorite day of the year!" were the welcoming words from Warrie Price, President and Founder of The Battery Conservancy, as she welcomed five Scholarship Plus students to the conference room of her offices overlooking New York Harbor on July 19. Ever since the founding of Scholarship Plus the feeling has been mutual, as the visit to the Battery and the Statue of Liberty has always been among students' favorite memories of the summer.

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July 2017

Insights on Perspective At the Whitney Museum

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Three very different works of art were the focus as a Whitney Museum staff member escorted Scholarship Plus students on a July 12 gallery visit  – one that ended in a turnabout, as all the visitors took up drawing pencils and sketched part of the work of an artist from the museum's current Biennial show.

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June 2017

With 10 Students, 8th Class Is Largest Yet

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Scholarship Plus welcomed its eighth class on June 14 in a ceremony that had notable firsts. The class was our largest yet -- 10 outstanding women and men.  And the ceremony also introduced a longtime key member of the organization as our new Executive Director.

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June 2017

The 2017 Teachers Who Made a Difference

Each year the members of the newly selected Scholarship Plus class are asked to select an individual for our Teacher Who Made a Difference award.  The award consists of a certificate and a modest honorarium.  Here are this year's Teachers Who Made a Difference:

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January 2017

For Scholars and Graduates, A Family Get-Together

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They came from Stanford, Boston, Austin, Maine and Brooklyn, comparing notes about the challenges of freshman year, about studying ecological biology in Ghana or helping to arrange an international affairs conference in Budapest.  A score of  Scholarship Plus students and graduates were joined by staff members and friends of the program at the annual holiday gathering early in January on the Upper West Side.

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2016 News

From Campus Life To 'The Color Purple'

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2016 News

Greeks, Trojans and Scholars Gather in Central Park

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2016 News

The Battery and Liberty Island By Ship and by Sea Horse

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2016 News

A Visit to the Whitney With an Expert Becomes a Two-Way Learning Experience

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2016 News

Summer 2016: Internships, Plus

     For scholarship winners, the summer internships at New York Public Radio are only the beginning.  During the six weeks of the internships, they take part in New York City's cultural life, learning from theater artists, painters and sculptors.  They also visit the Battery, learning about its history and brilliant recreation in recent years, then board ship for a visit to the Statue of Liberty.    Also on the program:  Informal class sessions with practical advice on getting the most out of the academic and social sides of college.

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2016 News

Standing Room Only At the Greene Space To Welcome the 7th Class

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     The seven 2016 Scholarship Plus winners were introduced at a ceremony on June 7 at New York Public Radio's Jerome L. Greene Space. The standing-room-only audience included families and friends, supporters of Scholarship Plus and present and former scholarship recipients. Among the latter were members of the Class of 2012,  now freshly minted college graduates.  Three of them – Raquel Beckford, of Trinity College, Hartford; Elira Duro of N.Y.U. and Sino Esthappan of Vassar – took part in the ceremony, introducing the new scholars and helping welcome them to the program. 

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2015 News

Our 2015 College Graduates

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      Law school, medical school, graduate school and the beginnings of careers all figure in the immediate plans of our most recent college graduates, in places that range from Cambridge, Mass., to Beijing.  Here are the details:

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2015 News

Celebrating a SummerAnd Looking Ahead

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Summer ends early at Scholarship Plus, as internships wind down and students start the process of saying goodbye to family and preparing for life at colleges all over the country.  So on Aug. 5, thirty-some  members of the Scholarship Plus family -- undergraduates, recent grads and friends of the program -- got together to renew friendships, make new ones, enjoy a hearty buffet and say goodbye until our winter gathering.

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2015 News

A Midsummer Night's Shakespeare in the Park

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20 Scholarship Plus students and friends attended an electrifying production of the rarely-performed 'Cymbeline" under a full moon. With a cast that included Kate Burton, Raul Esparza, Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe, Daniel Sullivan's production was a memorable outing to Central Park.

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2015 News

Syllabi, Roommates and Budgets:The New World of College

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College is like 'Another Country,' said one of the slides in a program preparing scholarship winners for the next four years.  The program, held at the City University's Graduate School of Journalism, was led by Kate Fenneman Stokes and Marllee Jones, who has worked for decades in college admissions.  Scholarship Plus students who are now in college supplied their expert, and current, perspective.

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2015 News

Widening Horizons At the New Whitney

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After work on a Thursday afternoon, this year's class of interns enjoyed a special tour of the recently opened Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano. The visit was arranged by Diane Exavier, a New York Times Scholarship winner now doing graduate work in playwriting at Brown University.  In recent summers she has arranged for Scholarship Plus students to visit studios of individual artists and a printmaking collaborative.

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2015 News

To the Battery And Beyond

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During an afternoon that is always a high point of the summer, the students explored the Battery and then took a ferry to Liberty Island.  We were warmly welcomed at the offices of the Battery Conservancy by Warrie Price, the organization's President, who gave a presentation on the park's history and plans for the future.  She then led us into the park, where we visited the construction site of new carousel, called Sea Glass, in which riders will sit inside representations of bioluminescent fish as they whirl around the recreation of an underwater world.  Next we boarded ferries for the trip to the Statue of Liberty, with some of us stopping on the way back at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

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2015 News

A Night on Broadway: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

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2015 News

A Day at the Ballpark

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On June 14, five students took in a Mets game.  From left, Thema Williams, Ibrahim Cisse, John Alvarez, Fabien Paul and Keli Almonte. The Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 10-8.  And horizons were broadened to include ballpark hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, the seventh inning stretch and the wave. 

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2015 News

Scholars' Summer

Five scholarship winners are interning at New York Public Radio this summer.  In addition to their work day, they participate in activities reflecting the rich cultural offerings of New York.  Here are some of them:

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2015 News

Family, Friends and Supporters Gather to Welcome The Class of 2015

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       On June 9th, Scholarship Plus introduced the seven members of it sixth class at the magical Jerome L. Greene Space at New York Public Radio's offices.

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2015 News

The Winter Gathering Confronts Uncomfortable Campus Realities

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       After an hour or so of casual socializing at the get-together on January 12, Scholarship Plus students and alums took comfortable seats for a discussion of uncomfortable facts about campus life.  The death of Trayvon Martin, the killing of a Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement had been the sparks in recent months for demonstrations on many campuses.  Our scholars talked frankly about their experiences at their schools. 

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2014 News

Winter Gathering, 2014

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2014 News

A Party to Celebrate Summer's End and More

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     The newest Scholarship Plus winners marked the end of their New York Public Radio internships by gathering with older members of the program along with former New York Times Scholarship winners. 

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2014 News

College Advice in a Classroom Then Shakespeare in the Park

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The realities of college life, from time management to roommates, were explored in a gathering of members of the latest class with several from the Class of 2013. Next, after pizza, 'King Lear' under the stars. 

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2014 News

At a Print Studio, Students Learn How to Make A Great Impression

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Continuing the summertime tradition of visits to artists' studios, this year's destination was the Lower East Side Printshop. There the students were introduced to the techniques of producing fine prints at the country's largest printmaking workspace.  

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