Donor Stories

We are deeply grateful to all of our donors for choosing to invest in our Scholars and our mission.


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The Schenectady Foundation

"We have seen the tremendous impact of Sponsor-A-Scholar since our initial investment in 2004. The results speak for themselves, which is why we’ve recently made a matching challenge grant to help expand the program to more Schenectady students."

Robert Carreau, executive director of The Schenectady Foundation


Sharon and Steve

"My husband and I believe that capable students should have the opportunity to follow their dreams. Sponsor-A-Scholar helps students prepare for success by giving them the support, tools and resources needed to get accepted into college. 

The students still have to do their part, but they receive the guidance needed to keep them on track to reach their goals. We’ve sponsored nine Scholars so far. We believe in the students and we believe in this great program."

Sharon and Steve Schoenberg with Elvis, St. Lawrence University Class of 2019, Schenectady High School Class of 2015.

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Ron and Linda

"We support organizations that mean something to us, and we love Sponsor-A-Scholar. On a basic level, education is my life’s work. I went to school for social work, but realized quickly that I didn’t really want to be a therapist. I came across a program that trained people to work in a college setting assisting students, and it made a lot of sense for me. I like being in a college setting. I’ve been working in this field for more than thirty-five years.

We especially love Sponsor-A-Scholar’s mission, and its emphasis on fostering independence in its students. We also love that so many of the graduates give back to the community. That’s really important."

Ron Dunn and Linda Pelosi-Dunn