Scholar Testimonials

Our Scholars earn college degrees in record numbers. More than 68% earn two or four-year degrees. They credit their successes to the advice of their dedicated mentors, the financial assistance from their Sponsors, and the support from our staff.

Read about some of our current scholars in their own words.


Christina, Schenectady High School Class 2016, Ithaca College Class of 2020.

Sponsor-A-Scholar connected Christina with a mentor who helped her to navigate the college process.

“I am grateful to my Sponsor for making it possible for me to be a part of this amazing program.”


Anthony, Troy High School Class of 2015, College of Saint Rose Class of 2019.

Anthony has just completed his first year of college studies. He is interested in business and human resources.

“Sponsor-A-Scholar has motivated me to prosper in my life and in my academic career. Not everyone has the chance to be exposed to interesting people and different colleges”


Romina, Albany High School Class of 2016, Union College Class of 2020.

Romina took part in our Career Exploration program at Albany Medical Center in 2016. She is interested in becoming a surgeon, scientist, or research pathologist.

"Sponsor-A-Scholar allowed me to explore many colleges and make a lot of friends."


Xavier, Troy High School Class of 2015, Hudson Valley Class of 2017.

Xavier recently completed his first year of study at Hudson Valley Community College. After initially pursuing studies in Engineering, he changed his focus to business.

"Joining Sponsor-A-Scholar was the proudest moment in my life. It gave me a boost and makes me keep on striving."


Osama, Albany High School Class of 2016, University at Albany Class of 2020. 

Osama has many interests, including accounting, economics and finance. He won a SUNY Multicultural Achievers award as a senior at Albany High School. 

"Sponsor-A-Scholar helped me to consider what my future could hold. I am grateful to this program, and to my mentor."


Kyra, Schenectady High School Class of 2015, Hamilton College Class of 2019.

Kyra is attending Hamilton College, which was her first choice. She is interested in pursuing a career in family law.

"Sponsor-A-Scholar helped me to connect with people who could help me and encourage me to choose classes and opportunities that I was afraid to struggle with. These challenges helped me to fulfill my potential in high school and prepared me to succeed in college."