Scholarship Plus is a scholarship and college support program for persevering, low-income NYC students, most often first-generation college students. Receiving a scholarship PLUS social supports make all the difference to the scholars’ attending college, and above all, graduating. This two-pronged approach has enabled a 100% college graduation rate since the program’s inception in 2010. The Meringoff Foundation’s capacity-building grant supports the hire of a second full-time employee so staff can devote more time to expanding the organization’s financial base to double the number of students served.
“When I felt alone watching my peers ask their parents to read over papers or for internship connections, messages from Scholarship Plus would remind me that I wasn't alone, and that I had a caring, kind, and supportive community just a phone call away. So, whenever anyone asks me about Scholarship Plus, I make sure they hear about the "plus". Because the plus matters.”