Scholar Stories

Our Scholars earn college degrees in record numbers. More than 69% earn two or four-year degrees. They credit their successes to the advice of their dedicated mentors, the financial assistance from their Sponsors, and the support from our staff.

Read about some of our current scholars in their own words.

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"Sponsor-A-Scholar is a second family that I can depend on. I know I can count on the other students in the program, my mentor, and Mr. Barcomb, my guidance counselor."

Christina, Schenectady High School Class 2016, Ithaca College Class of 2020.


“Sponsor-A-Scholar has motivated me to prosper in my life and in my academic career. Not everyone has the chance to be exposed to interesting people and different colleges”

Anthony, Troy High School Class of 2015, College of Saint Rose Class of 2019.

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“Sponsor-A-Scholar has been there for me since high school. They helped me with SAT prep, college visits, college essays and Regents exams. My mentor, Valerie, gave me great advice and helped me to follow my dreams.” 

Gizelle, Albany High School Class of 2014, Buffalo State College Class of 2018.


"I joined Sponsor-A-Scholar because I knew I needed assistance to achieve my goals. The best thing I received from Sponsor-A-Scholar was my mentor, Geoff."

Toshan, Schenectady High School Class of 2017, SUNY New Paltz Class of 2021.