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August 2019

Summer Gathering: Some Surprises at a Milestone

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The Summer Gathering this year marked a milestone. And it included a number of surprises.

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August 2019

College Transition Day: Practical Questions and Psychological Insights 

The experts knew what they were talking about, and at the annual College Transition Day they commanded the engagement of a classroom full of scholars about to head off to campuses for the first time. Some experts were Scholarship Plus staff members, some were Scholarship Plus upperclassmen, some were new friends brought in to share hard-won experiences and insights. Advice included the necessarily practical – time management skills, the mysteries and opportunities of the syllabus document – but extended to the deep insights of a psychologist whose specialty is helping people of color recognize – and blunt – microaggressions rooted in racism. 

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August 2019

From the Mediterranean to Newfoundland via the C Train

It was an evening of dinner and the theater for this summer’s scholars on a rainy day at the end of July. In both, there was more on the table than might be seen at first glance.

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July 2019

In a Google Classroom, Insights on Self-Care

To Google is usually an individual action, but late one afternoon this summer’s scholars all went Googling as a group. Joined by scholars who are upperclassmen at Dartmouth and Colgate, we went through a set of doors at Google’s massive — it occupies a complete city block in Chelsea — New York City headquarters, and into the two-floor complex of the Grow with Google Learning Center. The bright and airy facility is envisioned as the company’s outreach to its neighbors, offering free classes throughout the day tailored for businesses, educators, entrepreneurs and students.  Subjects cover everything from fundamentals of online coding to using digital tools, “Build a Compelling Presentation” and creating a resume.

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July 2019

A Short Ocean Voyage to an Immortal Symbol from a Revived Park

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When our group of scholars stepped off the elevators at the offices of the Battery Conservancy at One Wall Street, we were greeted by Warrie Price, its president and founder, who directed us first to the staff lounge for a quick look out its 17th-floor windows.  Below us spread the park and its 195,000 square feet of gardens, then New York Harbor, busy with boats of all sizes, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Soon we would be aboard one of those boats, on the way to the Statue, then returning to the park and a ride on its magical Seaglass Carousel.

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July 2019

Fine Art with a Cherry on Top

The first of the midweek outings for Scholars this year began with a tour of a biannual exhibition at the Whitney Museum that traditionally “takes the pulse of the contemporary artistic moment,” and ended with what has become a Scholarship Plus tradition — ice cream on the High Line, just outside the museum.

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March 2019

A Voice for the Unheard

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It isn't easy holding centuries-old institutions mired in tradition accountable, but that is precisely what Joselyn, a first-year student interested in Biomedical Engineering and Studio Art at Dartmouth College, is doing. 

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February 2019

Making College an Option for Others

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“When they come into my office,” Mylasha says, “it’s the first time they have talked about going to college.”

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January 2019

Winter Gathering 2019

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Members of the Advisory and Associate boards pose on the steps of Scholarship Plus' co-founder's home at the annual Winter Gathering. It was a wonderful evening of reunions, career advice and ... burrito bowls.

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