Children's Aid Honors Academic Achievers and Civic Minded Youth with Scholarships

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Honorable David N. Dinkins to Present Scholarship at Ceremony

Contacts:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society – (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society – (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Thursday, June 18, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
4 Irving Place (at 14th Street)
Auditorium

What:
The Children’s Aid Society’s E.X.C.E.L. program will honor 48 exceptional high school and college graduates who have participated in Children’s Aid programs in Washington Heights, Harlem and the Bronx. As college costs soar and aid to low-income students declines, higher education is increasingly out of reach for many youth.

Fifteen high school graduates will receive scholarships to help defray the escalating costs of college. These scholarships are provided by The Children’s Aid Society, individual donors and corporate sponsors.

The Honorable David N. Dinkins, former Mayor of the City of New York, will present a scholarship in memory of his father to the E.X.C.E.L. college graduate with the highest grade point average.

Who:
The Children’s Aid Society’s E.X.C.E.L. (Educational Excellence Creating Empowered Leaders) is a comprehensive educational and life skills program whose mission is to engage students, ages 14-21, in a breadth of services geared towards preparing them for college and promoting their future success. Students receive services in four main concentration areas – academics, social adjustment, cultural awareness and financial literacy.

RSVP necessary to gain access to the ConEd building –
please call Emily Crossan at 917-286-1548 if you would like to attend.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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