The 2018 Winter Gathering continued the feeling of connectedness — among scholars, staff and supporters — that has been part of the Scholarship Plus vision from the beginning. But there were also new elements this year, including the introduction of new staff members and the honoring of an individual who has been central to our foundation and growth.
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.
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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.