Mineola, NY (PRWEB) August 13, 2013
Family and Children's Association held its Annual Scholarship Fund Reception on June 18th at The Swan Club in Roslyn, NY. The event raised $98,000 to aid at-risk youth who wish to pursue higher education, despite their years of struggle with homelessness, foster care or other obstacles. 33 students were awarded a stipend for their Fall semester tuition, with another stipend to be awarded for the Spring semester if they maintain a good G.P.A. The reception is held each year as a celebration of the outstanding efforts of the students, and the continued dedication of the Family and Children’s staff and donors.
“One of the unique facets of the reception is the interaction between donors and scholarship recipients, who sit together and share in the evening’s festivities. The evening offers students a rare opportunity to mingle with professionals who may be able to guide them in their future careers,” said Joyce Mullen, Director of Marketing and Communications.
Scholarship recipients were from high schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties, and who had been served by Family and Children's at-risk youth programs, such as the Residence for Homeless Youth, Project Independence and the Village of Hempstead Initiative. Project Independence works with children in foster care, while the Village of Hempstead Initiative seeks to advance the social and academic performance of children through its educational and out-of-school programs.
The colleges that the students will be attending are Farmingdale State College, Queens College, Suffolk Community College, Binghamton University, Nassau Community College, Fashion Institute of Technology, John Hopkins University, State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, New York University, The City College of New York, Adelphi University, Columbia University, SUNY Plattsburgh, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John’s University, Sophie Davis School, SUNY Cortland, Hunter College, Monroe College, Hofstra University, Stony Brook University and Rice University.
Donations to the scholarship fund are accepted year-round in addition to the annual reception. Contributions can be made at the Family and Children’s website http://www.familyandchildrens.org. Businesses or individuals who would like to become a named sponsor can inquire at 516-746-0350 x364 or email mpaladino(at)familyandchildrens(dot)org for more information.
"We’ve seen these students overcome so much academically and personally, and want to help them continue to succeed,” Mullen added. “A college education is so critical to shaping their future, that's why the scholarship fund is so important.”
About Family and Children's Association:
The mission of Family and Children's Association is to protect and strengthen Long Island's most vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities. They offer assistance to those who are experiencing social, emotional and/or economic challenges. Through a coordinated network of individual programs and referral services, along with numerous community and in-home care programs, the agency focuses on the underserved populations of Long Island. Visit their website at http://www.familyandchildrens.org.