June is a busy but thrilling time of year. School lets out, our youngest kids enjoy their “stepping up” ceremonies, thousands prepare for summer camps across the city and at our Wagon Road Camp.
But one of the most gratifying experiences we have each year is to share the achievement of so many high school seniors as they graduate and get ready for their next steps. Last week, we celebrated 57 young men and women who won more than $150,000 scholarships as they take aim at higher education.
The Stern Memorial Scholarship Luncheon, at Lido Harlem, is a highly anticipated event for both students and Children’s Aid Staff. The Stern family, represented by Rob and Yuka Stern and their son, Ren, have established two different scholarships that benefit nine soon-t0-be freshman. This year’s winners will be attending Cornell University, Hunter College, Virginia State, a host of schools in the SUNY system, and other colleges. “You’ve made something good happen,” said Rob Stern. “You’ve lifted all the heavy weights. You’ve earned it.”
The Stern scholars were in attendance on Friday, June 19, for the Children’s Aid Scholarship Awards Ceremony, the crowning event of the year for the Path to College Success Program. They joined dozens of other ambitious and aspiring students at the Silberman School for Social Work in East Harlem. Adam Graves, a former star hockey player for the New York Rangers, was just one of many distinguished presenters during the night. He introduced the four recipients of the Garden of Dreams/Inspire Scholarship, which is a renewable scholarship worth up to $40,000 over four years.
The following scholarships were also awarded: The Jean and Wick Stern Memorial Scholarship, The Richard R. Dieterle Memorial Scholarship, The Alonzo Milligan Mentorship Award, The Gluck-Dyja Family Scholarship, The Audrey Miller Poritzky Scholarship, The Elda Alicia Santaran Scholarship, The Aegis Media Cares Scholarship, The Jean Marie DeVeaux Scholarship, The Golf Classic Scholarships, and The Children's Aid Society Path to College Success Scholarships.
The winners came from every corner of Children’s Aid: Hope Leadership Academy, Opportunity Charter School, Urban Assembly of Math and Science for Young Women, the East Harlem Center, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, and more. This night couldn’t be anything but fantastic, with so many young women and men about to take the next giant step on their path to excellence and success. Congratulations to all!