We provide opportunities for A BETTER FUTURE

We provide opportunities for

a better future

Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar is a nonprofit organization that strives to improve lives by giving young people access to education, support and resources that may be otherwise unavailable.

Our Mission

To provide specialized programs, mentoring, professional guidance, and academic and financial support for qualifying high school students in the Capital Region. By assembling a network of business leaders, educational advocates, and dedicated volunteers, promising youth are provided opportunity and access to higher education that may be otherwise unavailable.

Our Vision

Through the transformative power of education and mentorship, we will equip our students to navigate their world, leading to a more inclusive and equitable future.

Our Values

Our values encompass community, opportunity, responsibility, and education. These four values guide our students to succeed and develop personal responsibility and confidence to become their own best advocates.
How do we do it?
Our programs and outcomes are guided by three strategic priorities:


Ensure more students have opportunities to access our programs and services to help them reach their goal of a higher education.

Program Excellence

Further enhance our programs by incorporating best practices and evaluating program outcomes to increase the ability for students to thrive and succeed.

Financial Stability

Continue to grow and strengthen our base of support to ensure sustained investment in the students, their families, and the community.

Annual Report

Each fall, we publish an annual report to highlight the accomplishments of Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar and the students, mentors, volunteers, and donors who make our work possible. To request a printed copy, please email us at info@crsas.org or call 518-935-1045.

Our History

Our 24 years of experience in blending personalized academic support, long-term mentoring, and financial assistance continues to make a difference in students’ lives.

Charles Buchanan and William Barnet founded Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar in 1996 as a response to concerns about opportunities for local young people to develop the skills and experience to meet the growing need for an educated workforce in the region. Initially modeled after a successful program in Philadelphia, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar developed a one-to-one student support program that identified promising, under-served young people with ambitions to succeed in high school and college. After a feasibility study, the program was launched in both Albany and Troy.

In 1997, the first cohort  of 10th grade students in Albany and Troy were inducted, and in 1999, those students  were honored at a graduation celebration as the first class of high school graduates.

In 2000, our program expanded to include Schenectady High School, thanks to the efforts of longtime board member Geraldine Golub.

In 2003, we honored our first cohort of college graduates.

Over the years, we have developed partnerships with local organizations, colleges, and businesses to develop programs and opportunities that enhance the lives of our students and strengthen our community.

As of 2021, we have supported more than 300 local students as they earned their college degrees, and we actively work with more than 200 students in high school and college.