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Celebrating a Summer and Looking Ahead

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.

A major subject of the evening's chatter was summer internships of all sorts, among them paid jobs at New York Public Radio, including with one of the station's best-known on-air hosts, a research position at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and work at two top New York law firms. Two students, neither of them Chinese, compared notes on learning Mandarin.

The evening's only speech was brief and moving, a personal story told by Eda Pepi, fresh back from a Fulbright research fellowship based in Amman, Jordan. A former New York Times Scholarship winner, Eda told of undergraduate years at Harvard and her experimentation with several career paths since, including Wall Street and helping to organize academic conferences all over the world. Now a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at Stanford, she ended with some advice for undergraduates.

First, she said, get to know your professors – who very much want to get to know you. Second, never hesitate to ask for help. The system, she said, has given many of your college classmates all the help in the world. Now it's your turn. But you have to ask. And finally: Don't be afraid of the unknown. Embrace it, and you may wind up finding your future.

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All eyes on the speaker, as Eda Pepi tells her story and gives some excellent advice.

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Listening as Eda Pepi makes a point are Janny Scott, head of one of the "pods" that jointly fund one of the scholarships, and Marshall Goldberg, a longtime supporter of Scholarship Plus.

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From left, Jane, soon to join the nursing staff at Mount Sinai Hospital, Aixin, a junior at Smith and Dorje, who is majoring in Physics at the State University at Binghamton.

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Karen, left, returning to her second year at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College after doing research this summer at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Muska, a rising sophomore in the City University's honors program, who worked in the program's administration this summer.

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Graduates in 2015: Jane, who received a nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania; Gregory, who was a summer intern at the Paul, Weiss law firm after graduating from the University of Rochester and will next study for a year in Peking on a Chinese Government scholarship, and Bryan, who graduated from Brown and will now take two years of pre-med classes at Harvard Extension School.

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Marshall Goldberg with Jeffrey, entering third-year engineering studies at N.Y.U. after a summer as an analyst on a trading desk at J.P. Morgan Chase.

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