Queens Gazette

NYC Scholarship Month


On Thursday, January 25th in South Jamaica, Queens, the P.S. 123Q STEMA School hosted an NYC Scholarship Month celebration and workshop for parents and guardians of students in kindergarten, first and second grade with NYC Scholarship Accounts through the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. Across the five boroughs, schools are celebrating NYC Scholarship Month this January – the opportunity for new families to activate and view their child’s NYC Scholarship Accounts for the very first time!

 

As part of their college and career readiness, schools host various events, workshops, and activities so that families know their children already have a resource for their educational futures. Each student’s account starts with an initial $100 seed investment and there are opportunities to earn more over time, building on this financial asset for higher education and encouraging students to dream big about the future.

 

During the presentation about the Save for College Program, the P.S. 123Q STEMA School team worked with families to activate and view their students’ NYC Scholarship Accounts and learn about how the Save for College Program is supporting their children’s college and career training in the future.

 

Bronx Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Meisha Porter, an alumna of the elementary school and former NYC Public Schools Chancellor, shared how she and other NYC public school alumni are organizing inaugural NYC Public School Alumni Community Scholarships. Contributing additional funds to students’ NYC Scholarship Accounts, the NYC Public School Alumni Community Scholarships affirm how the community believes in students’ potential and is supporting them to achieve their dreams. Kindergarten, first and second grade students at P.S. 123Q STEMA School received an additional $10 in their NYC Scholarship Accounts thanks to the P.S. 123Q STEMA School Alumni Community Scholarship 2023.

 

At P.S. 123Q STEMA School, 266 students have NYC Scholarship Accounts with more than $32,000 invested for their college and career future. The P.S. 123Q STEMA School team that organized this event was led by Principal Anthony Hooks. Additionally, the event was supported by NYC City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams.

 

In recognition of NYC Scholarship Month, NYC Kids RISE, NYC Public Schools, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice, the Gray Foundation and City officials recently announced that over 200,000 students across the city, including 75,000 new students, now have NYC Scholarship Accounts with nearly $30 million invested for their future college and career training. Now, nearly every kindergarten, first and second grader in NYC public schools has a financial asset for their higher education. Their families can activate and view their new NYC Scholarship Accounts at nyckidsrise.org/activate to start receiving additional rewards.

 

NYC Kids RISE has provided schools with toolkits, guides, posters, outreach tools, and additional resources, available in multiple languages, to encourage families to activate their child’s NYC Scholarship Account and take other steps in the Program. For support with activating and viewing their child’s account, families can reach out to their school, attend an upcoming virtual workshop at nyckidsrise.org/events, email NYC Kids RISE at info@nyckidsrise.org, or call the NYC Kids RISE hotline at 833-543-7473.

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