Ascend Educational Fund Scholarship

My name is Erika Zamora, and I am a board member for Ascend Educational Fund ( a nonprofit that provides scholarships to high schools seniors of immigrant backgrounds in New York City regardless of national origin, ethnicity and immigration status.  In May 2013 we awarded $32,000 to seven outstanding students.  We are reaching out to you as a high school college advisor/counselor to announce the AEF scholarship to students at your high school.

AEF will provide two-year or four-year college scholarships to promising immigrant students in New York City, who were either born outside the US or have two parents born outside the U.S., in the range of $2,500-$20,000. We will begin accepting scholarship applications online on January 15, and the deadline is March 25, 2014.  Attached please find a flyer with the scholarship info and deadlines for your use.

Our ability to connect with as many high schools will be key in helping these students achieve their full potential through higher education. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. Feel free to forward this email or my contact information to other high school college advisors/counselors.

Scholarship Criteria

Students will be eligible for the scholarships if they:

§    Were born outside the United States or have two parents born outside U.S.
§    Will graduate from a high school in New York City
§    Will enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2014-2015
§    Demonstrate qualities traditionally valued by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community

Deadline: March 25, 2014

Finalists selected for an interview will be notified: May 3/4, 2014

Interviews held: May 10/11 & 17/18, 2014, each finalist must attend in person for consideration.

Click here for application information!

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