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.
Read about how we got our start from Charlie Buchanan, one of our founders--and learn what excites him the most about what's next for Sponsor-A-Scholar.
Ryan, an alumnus of the first class of Albany Scholars says: "Sponsor-A-Scholar helped me identify what my goals were after high school, and what I needed to do to reach those goals."
Say hello to Becky, and see why she says "There is never a question that the students are the heart and soul of Sponsor-A-Scholar."
Hear from Albany senior Emmanuel Tay, and his mentor Andy Gutman about mentoring, goals, and giving back.
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."
Learn from Sumner Shapiro, longtime supporter, board member and mentor about the value of investing in our young people.
Read about Jay, a graduate of Troy High School, and an alum of RPI.
2017 is a milestone year for Sponsor-A-Scholar. We're celebrating our 20th anniversary! You can help by sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.
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.