The Adopt-A-Scholar ceremony was the last of the scholarship season following the elementary, high school, and college ceremonies. The AAS program is unique in that it matches donors to students who will be starting as a freshman at the donor’s Alma Mater. Some of the Foundations' generous donors have given as much as $500,000 to the program, providing $25,000 per student over their 4 year education. The scholarship committee members, donors, students, and their families have dinner as a thank you from the Foundation. ABC, which broadcasts the Foundation's televised New York City Columbus Day Parade, was also on-site this past Friday, filming the award ceremony in preparation for the October broadcast.
According to Josh Bavaro, the Foundation's Scholarship Coordinator, the ceremonies were standing-room only because of the large number of recipients this year. The Foundation awarded $210,500 to 78 elementary students, $1,171,000 to 80 high school students, and $890,600 to 42 college students. These numbers have increased significantly from just 3 years ago.
The elementary scholarships are awarded as three year grants, and high school and college scholarships are awarded to matriculating freshmen for a 4 year period, during which they must maintain a 3.0 GPA. All applicants are reviewed by an independent financial auditing company to ensure that the money goes to the neediest applicants, and the scholarship committees review each qualified applicant.
If you'd like to apply to the scholarship program for yourself or a family member for the 2014-2015 academic year, the application is available on the Foundation's website this upcoming December. If you'd like to help the Foundation's scholarship program or are interested in Adopt-A-Scholar, we encourage you to learn more about Adopt-A-Scholar, or make a donation online!