20 Years, 20 Stories of Success
Join us as we celebrate 20 Years of Success
We Are Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar
We connect promising students with the mentors, resources and opportunities that prepare them for college success.
We have inspired and empowered more than 200 Scholars in Albany, Schenectady and Troy to earn their college degrees.
We believe all students should have access to the networks of support they need to earn a degree and pursue their dreams.
Learn how our partnership with the Community Foundation launched Sponsor-A-Scholar, and how their continued investment makes us stronger every day.
Say hi to Elijah, he's an alumnus of Albany High School and SUNY Potsdam. He's an adjunct professor at Maria College, and is also an artist on the side. Read about his journey, and how Sponsor-A-Scholar has transformed his family and his future.
Say hello to Ellerina, a member of our very first class of Scholars from Albany High. Since graduating from high school in 2001, she's earned three degrees, and is also the mom of three great kids.
Real talk from Sponsor-A-Scholar alumna and international (!) basketball star Sheila Dixon. She shares the challenges of balancing sports and schoolwork, and gives advice to up-and-coming students.
Meet Amy, a mentor who got her start with us back in 2006. She has some great tips for new mentors. She says: "In today’s world, young people need many different adults in their corner to guide them through the maze of college applications and career options."
Read how Justin and Travon evolved from being mentor and mentee to lasting friends. See why Travon says "Justin has always been there when I needed him."
Meet Linda, a mentor who says: "I like mentoring because it makes me step outside of myself." Read how both Linda, and her husband, Ron mentored students in Albany.
Great insights from Christina, a first generation college student who is finishing her first year at Ithaca College. She says: "Sponsor-A-Scholar is a second family that I can depend on."
Meet Amanda, mentor of Jenesha, a senior at Schenectady High School. Learn why she became a mentor, and why she says to her mentee: "I got your back."
See why our Albany Mentor Coordinator, Onnolee Smith, says: "Mentoring is absolutely worth it."
We work with students from Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY. Most of our Scholars are the first in their families to go to college. Read their stories.
Mentors work with students to help them gain the skills and confidence to graduate from college. Hear from Ryan, a mentor of a Troy High School student.