New scholarship at Nazareth covers at least half of student’s tuition  

Nazareth recently announced it is now offering 15 Bonner Leader scholarships per year, which include a minimum 50 percent tuition four-year scholarship, leadership training and paid community engagement opportunities for students starting their studies beginning this fall.  

Nazareth is the only New York state higher education institution west of Albany offering the Bonner Leader program and is one of only 75 Bonner Leader institutions nationwide, conducted in partnership with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. 

Bonner Leader programs typically attract students who, even in high school, have shown leadership qualities and an interest in social justice, community collaboration and being changemakers in their community.  

“Nazareth attracts students who want to be part of a community that creates a more just, healthy and equitable future,” said Beth Paul, Nazareth president. “The Bonner Leader program is the perfect way for students to develop leadership and changemaking skills around the social issues that they’re passionate about, in collaboration with expert community partners and at a university that appreciates and wants to grow that passion.” 

Applications for the Bonner Leader program will be accepted after Feb. 1, but the application window for Bonner Leader will close once all scholarship slots have been filled. 

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Scholarships available to help girls become business leaders

The New York State PTA is partnering with Girls With Impact to launch a new initiative to equip 100,000 girls statewide with the skills they need to become future business leaders.

Under the partnership, the nonprofit Girls With Impact will bring its five or 10-week signature academy to New York families. Girls With Impact is the nation’s only live, online mini-MBA for young women ages 12 to 21 that was designed with Harvard University leaders.

The program, led by MBA instructors and mentors, teaches the fundamentals of launching a business and leads to substantial outcomes in confidence, college and career readiness, public speaking and more, officials said. Some 15,000 students annually will have access to the program under a full or partial scholarship, and girls who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch can attend at no cost.

“This couldn’t come at a better time for our families, especially those still facing insecurity, under- or unemployment or wondering how to help their children get an equal opportunity,” said Kyle Belokopitsky, executive director for NYS PTA, which serves the parents, families and educators of the state’s 2.6 million public school children.

Founded out of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Girls With Impact aims to recruit and train girls earlier to address the roadblocks that hold them back, from lack of confidence to the fact that just 2 percent of the $150 billion in venture capital awarded annually is to female founders, officials noted.

“This next generation wants to change the world – today, not tomorrow,” said Girls With Impact CEO and Founder Jennifer Openshaw, noting that more than 60 percent of Gen Z men and women want to “create something innovative,” and more than 70 percent of program graduates create ventures with a social purpose.

“Girls With Impact gives them the platform to drive that change and, in the process, build critical work readiness skills, a way to differentiate themselves for college or career and a path to actually become a CEO,” Openshaw added. “For our corporate leaders, this is the single best approach to building that diverse and capable talent pipeline New York and America desperately need.”

Officials noted that the program delivers outcomes including 85 percent feel increased leadership confidence, 91 percent report improved public speaking and 98 percent said the program contributed to college admissions success.

“I got into colleges with a business focus through my experience with Girls With Impact,” said Jayla Thomas, a Girls With Impact graduate, CEO of Elevate and Howard University student. “I also became more confident and felt I had a leg up for college and my career.”

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Wegmans opens in the Big Apple Sunday morning

Wegmans will break into the New York City market at 7 a.m. Sunday when it opens a 74,000 square-foot  supermarket in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard.

The store – the 101st for Wegmans — is a little more than half as large as the company’s typical supermarkets in less congested areas, but will feature similar features, including a bar on the mezzanine level, Market Café, Burger Bar, bakery, and catering department.

Somewhat unusual for an establishment in crowded New York City, Wegmans will have nearly 700-parking spaces in an open-air lot and parking garage adjacent to its store on Flushing Avenue.

Wegmans' new Brooklyn store in Navy Yard has a more urban look. Photo supplied by Wegmans.
Wegmans’ new Brooklyn store in Navy Yard has a more urban look. (Wegmans photo)

Store manager Kevin Cuff, who began his career with Wegmans in Auburn, last worked in Wegmans’ Woodbridge, N.J., store. Most of the other senior managers in the store are also transferring from New Jersey.

The store opens with 540 employees who have been in training for months. The company is also hiring for its Harrison store, located just north of the city of White Plains, in Westchester County. That store is due to open in the spring.

In June, the company gave out $500 college scholarships to six Brooklyn-area students as a way of promoting the scholarships it provides as an employee benefit.

Last month, a record crowd anticipated Wegmans’ store opening in Raleigh, N.C. More than 3,000 people waited in line to be among the first customers to shop at the new store.

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ESL work/scholarship program for MCC students open now

Applications are now open for Monroe Community College students seeking work and scholarships from ESL Federal Credit Union.

The deadline for the ESL/MCC Scholars program is Oct. 18.

Students in MCC’s School of Business & Entrepreneurial Studies are eligible for the program, which provides financial assistance for educational costs, and a part-time job providing experience in banking and financial services.

To be considered, applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 and have permanent work eligibility status in the United States.

The program will accept up to five students in November, with orientation and training scheduled for January 2020. The recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship for a semester and a part-time job as a teller in an ESL branch or the downtown headquarters.

“The ESL/MCC Scholars program opens doors for Monroe Community College students interested in careers in banking and financial services,” said MCC Vice President of Student Services Lloyd Homes. “In addition to earning while they learn, students gain valuable, professional experience working for a leading employer in our community.”

Maureen Wolfe, senior vice president, Human Resources & Community Impact, ESL Federal Credit Union, also sits in the board of the MCC Foundation. She said, “This earn-and-learn scholars program is a great way to support talent development in our community. Students have shared how much they appreciate the opportunity to work with mentors and gain professional working experience through this program.”

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Manufacturing scholarships available

First American Manufacturing Finance, part of City National Bank, is dangling the proverbial carrot for college students looking to bring new thinking and innovation to the manufacturing industry.

Now in its second year, the equipment finance company is accepting applications for the First American Manufacturing Finance Future Leaders of Manufacturing Scholarship. The scholarship has been increased from $1,500 to $3,000 and will be awarded to a college student pursuing a degree related to the manufacturing industry, particularly for students studying engineering, manufacturing technology, CAD drafting and tool design and robotics.

“College students are the future innovators who will drive the manufacturing industry forward,” First American Senior Vice President David Neighbour said in a news release. “The First American Manufacturing Finance scholarship is designed to help a future contributor obtain an education that will help improve our economy, create leading innovations and grow the manufacturing industry.”

Applicants are required to submit an essay about how they plan to use their studies to become a future leader in the manufacturing industry. Applications are being accepted through March 31.

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Catholic Family Center awards scholarships to two refugees

Destalem Lemlem
Destalem Lemlem

Catholic Family Center at its annual meeting Wednesday awarded college scholarships to two unaccompanied refugee minors who will graduate from the Rochester City School District this week.

Destalem Lemlem came to the U.S. as a refugee from Eritrea in 2014. He had a seventh-grade education and did not speak English. In his four years in the U.S., Lemlem has been selected as a Black Scholar through Urban League of Rochester, was inducted as a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars and this year was awarded perfect attendance honors.

Khadija Muhammadi arrived in Rochester in 2015 as a refugee from Afghanistan. She is described as determined and humble. Muhammadi is a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year Award for Monroe County in 2017. She volunteers at Rochester General Hospital and a library and plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.

Khadija Muhammadi
Khadija Muhammadi

The Nancy Carey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to youths who model the same compassion and determination of Nancy Carey, a former CFC staff member who was skilled in working with adolescents and who worked with clients in the Preventive program to help them become independent and self-sufficient. CFC does not disclose the dollar amount of the scholarships.

“The Nancy Carey Scholarship is awarded to youths that model compassion and determination,” CFC President and CEO Marlene Bessette said. “Both of these young adults came to the U.S. as unaccompanied refugee minors and we are so proud of their work and achievements and grateful to the foster families who offered them refuge and love.”

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Full scholarships available for teacher training

alphabet-class-conceptual-301926Up to 26 full scholarships to the University of Rochester are available to train math and science teachers, both to teach in high-need schools and to incorporate digital devices, such as tablets, into their lessons.

The scholarships for obtaining a master’s degree and teaching certification from the Warner School of Education are made available by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. For students hoping to begin their studies in May 2018, the deadline is April 12.

Scholarships are available for five years.

This is the third time the Warner School has earned a grant from the Noyce scholarship. Previous grants have supported the training of 57 teachers since 2008, according to the Warner School.

“As more districts across New York State are moving toward incorporating electronic devices in all classrooms, the new award recognizes the need for more math and science teachers who can thoughtfully utilize the plethora of digital programs into the classroom to promote student learning and achievement,” said Jeffrey Choppin, chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School.

The training program partners with the East Irondequoit School District and the Rochester City School District’s East High School.

More information on the program and how to apply is available by emailing [email protected]

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Deadline near for scholarships for summer college experience at Roberts Weslyan

Scholarship applications are due Friday, March 16, for a summer camp for high school students at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Up to 35 scholarships are available to participate in the sleep-away college experience program at Roberts July 30 to August 3. Applications are online.

A total of 120 students entering sophomore, junior or senior year at high schools in the fall can participate in the summer program. Students can choose one of five academic and career paths at the camp: nursing, pre-med, crime science investigation, social justice and worship.

The John F. Wegman Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, individual donors and the Roberts Board of Trustees are funding the scholarships.

Amy A. Kovach, director of academic summer programs at Roberts Wesleyan College, said, “Students leave these camps with a greater knowledge of college life and concrete experience in a potential field of interest.  We are so excited to offer many scholarships this year. This allows us to make this educational opportunity an option for all students.”

To be eligible for a scholarship covering the $395 cost of the camp, students must:

  • be qualified for the free or reduced lunch program at school
  • attend a school in the Rochester City School District
  • attend a church within the Rochester city limits
  • have qualified as an Early Recognition Black Scholar
  • hold a grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Applicants will be notified by mid-April about whether they won a scholarship. Students who pay for the program themselves have until July 13 to apply.

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