It's that time of year again!
Join us on October 2nd at Sons of Essex (6:30pm- 9pm) for an open bar, hor d’oeuvres, laughs, and a good time - all to support our amazing scholars.
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The Summer Gathering brings Scholarship Plus students, alumni and supporters together for a relaxed evening of conversation and catching up. Traditionally held during the last week of internship for scholars at WNYC, it also marks the end of the working summer, and the beginning of preparations to head back to campus. This year it was held in a space overlooking Trinity Church downtown. The evening began with a generous spread of Mexican food, included a series of one-line bits of advice from alumni and current upperclassmen to the new class, and wound down to the strains of music chosen by a DJ — and dancer — who is on his way to Skidmore.
Practical advice from college experts — including upperclass Scholarship Plus students and alumni — brought ten new scholars together for a day of exploring new worlds of possibilities. Topics included time management, dealing with stress, imposter syndrome, taking advantage of opportunities and reaching out for help. At the end of the day, scholars were asked to write down specific intentions for the year ahead.
It was a working lunch that will long stay with the scholars who shared pizza on tables set up in a conference room at ProPublica, a decade-old organization dedicated to the challenging work of investigative journalism. Our host was Scholarship Plus supporter and mentor, Ginger Thompson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize when she was at The New York Times and a finalist this year for the National Magazine Award for her account of Drug Enforcement Agency led operations that played a role in massacres by Mexican drug cartels. ProPublica has reinforced the techniques of investigative journalism with groundbreaking innovations in design, ongoing engagement with readers, free distribution of its work, and training of journalists from organizations with which it partners – all explained to us by almost a dozen of Ginger’s colleagues.
Scholarship Plus was thrilled to collaborate with another NYC-based college support program, Rocking the Boat. Our two groups came together on the Bronx River for a row and discussion on the all-important topic of how to ask for help.
This year, through the generosity of a partner at TKTS, Scholarship Plus was able to access affordable tickets to one of the year’s hit musicals, Carousel. But first: a restaurant outing to a cozy Mediterranean nook downtown for a conversation around best practices in dining out. This new program was piloted so that when our scholars embark on lunch meetings with internship hosts or dinners with roommates’ families, they can focus more on the conversation, and less on the right place for napkins.
Current students and recent alumni took a trip to Illyria on a clear summer’s night in Central Park, for the Shakespeare in the Park staging of “Twelfth Night.” Before they took their seats, arriving audience members were welcome to come up on the stage, joining the crowd in front of the palace for a street fair. When the play began, a very large cast lit up the stage with a new musical version of Shakespeare’s comedy.
On a beautiful summer afternoon seven of our scholars embarked on a – largely waterborne – visit to the roots of New York City, and of the nation. Hosted by Warrie Price, president of the Battery Conservancy, they learned about the transformation of the Battery itself, then boarded ship for visits to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Before going up the gangplank to the Statue of Liberty boat, though, there was a stop at one of the Battery’s newest attractions, the SeaGlass Carousel, for a virtual ride under the sea.
This year, our annual private peek into the Whitney Museum's exhibits led us a to theme of connecting to places, including New York scenes from over the century. But what would a trip to the Meatpacking District be without ice cream on the High Line? We couldn't resist.
Our biggest night of the year was the biggest so far. On June 11, an audience of 200 gathered in New York University’s Grand Hall to welcome the ten members of the ninth Scholarship Plus class, bringing our total number of scholars to 64. After gathering over some light refreshments, scholars, families, graduates and friends of the program — new and old — moved into the auditorium for a ceremony in which the latest class was introduced, and they in turn each introduced his or her Teacher Who Makes a Difference. At the end of the ceremony, the just-graduated members of our most recent class of college graduates were introduced, most of whom were with us, while others were shown in photographs.
2017 scholar Nogaye and new staff member Anna interviewed each other to help you get to know them both. Here is what they learned...
"The pods, as the donor groups are known, offer a rare opportunity to collaborate closely with friends in an enterprise that is uniquely hopeful. Sometimes, the experience brings with it an unexpected gift — the chance to get to know a remarkable young person and to witness their progress into adult life."
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.