What is a Sponsor?

What is a Sponsor? A good neighbor.  A generous benefactor.  A community leader.  

Someone who wants to pay it forward.

Sponsors are individuals, groups of friends or colleagues or businesses who believe in the transformational power of a college education to change lives and improve our community.

"Reflecting on my life and career to date, I am thankful for the women and men who invested their time, talent, and resources in a young man who seemed to them to have potential. I see the need in our regional business community to similarly invest in young people who are our future engineers, sales professionals, accountants, physicians, nurses, technologists, and business leaders. Investing in the Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar program is good for our talented youth, good for our community, and good for business."  Patrick Mahoney, CEO of IEEE GlobalSpec with Nicco, the Troy Scholar sponsored by IEEE GlobalSpec.


Each Scholar in our program has a Sponsor who makes an investment in the student’s promise and in their future.

Sponsors may choose to meet their Scholars, or they may remain anonymous.

Sponsors commit to a donation of $10,000, either in one lump sum or in installments over a period of up to five years.

A portion of the sponsorship supports our proven Pathways to College program that aids every Scholar in preparing for higher education and beyond.

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“Sponsor-A-Scholar held me accountable to my goals, and helped me reach them. Soon it will be my turn to pay it forward.” Camellia Loojune • Schenectady High School, Class of 2009 • Syracuse University, Class of 2013





Key aspects of this preparation include: weekly academic coaching and homework sessions; a trained (college-educated) mentor; college visits; SAT preparation and test fees; Advanced Placement course fees; cultural enrichment and academic advising.

Through the resources provided from the student’s Sponsor, Sponsor-A-Scholar offers our Scholars support throughout college, with regular outreach from our staff, and ongoing guidance from the student’s mentor.



A sponsorship also provides personalized financial support throughout college. $6,000 of the sponsorship is earmarked as a stipend, for the student to use to defray the cost of college. Students in good academic standing are eligible to receive up to $750 per semester to help pay for expenses throughout the academic term.

Sponsorships may be made in honor or memory of a beloved family member or for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, retirement or other milestone.

For more information on sponsorships or other giving opportunities, contact Robin Christenson, Executive Director, at rchristenson@crsas.org or 518-935-1048.