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A Matching Fund Challenge!
We are grateful to a generous donor for supporting our work by matching each donation up to $15,000. Every dollar you give by March 31, 2024 will be doubled! This support will have a significant impact on our grassroots organization, now in our 11th year supporting first-gen college students in
Cheers To 10 Years!
We've grown from 2 students to 96 Campus Bound Scholars! Our 10th Annual Scholar Celebration was a happy family reunion! Current scholars, mentors, supporters and board members welcomed our newest scholars and their families and cheered for our recent college graduates. We hugged, we talked, we listened to speeches, talked some more then ate ice cream!
Thank you for helping our students beat the odds and graduate from college. Our graduation rate of 95% is far higher than the national 27% graduation rate for first-generation college students.
Campus Bound Scholars Celebrates!
We had a blast at our 9th Annual Campus Bound Scholars Celebration! The weather was perfect as we gathered to welcome the newest students to our CBS family, applaud our recent college grads and reconnect with students, mentors, supporters and board members.
We're So Grateful!
We're excited to share that thanks to your generosity, we met our fundraising goal and received a wonderful year end match donation. Thank you!
Happy National Mentorship Day
In recognition of all our Campus Bound Scholar mentors, today we are pleased to announce a $10,000 Fundraising Match Challenge. An anonymous donor has generously offered to match your donations to support our programming including mentor training, scholarship funds, welcome and send off events, scholar emergency funds and more. Please help us reach our goal!
Congratulations 2021 Graduates
Thanks for all the love at our recent 8th Annual Scholar Celebration. There were cheers and tears as we gathered our scholars, their families, our mentors, donors and friends to greet our newest First Year college students and congratulate our graduating college seniors, the Class of 2021.
CBS Summary 2020
We are proud to introduce our newest Campus Bound Scholars, currently in their first year of college. Look inside to see the smiling faces behind their masks.
We Couldn't Be Prouder!
We've been busy lately! Check out what we've been up to and learn more about our most recent graduates!
Campus Bound Scholars Update
This update is to let you know we are actively engaged with our first-generation college students during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Our Campus Bound Scholars
beat the odds in 2019!
Did you know that nationally only 27% of first-generation college students graduate within 4 years? Forgive our humble brag, but 100% of our students are successfully moving through college or have already graduated! Our scholars inspire us every day with their brilliance, commitment, perseverance, energy and dedication. Thanks to you we are proudly celebrating 6 years of mentoring and supporting these outstanding young men and women.
Oh What A Night
Our 6th Annual Campus Bound Scholars Student Awards Celebration was a huge success! So much energy and enthusiasm in the packed room as our returning upper class college students shared stories and advice with our newest scholars. Mayor Gina Picinich of Mount Kisco stopped by to tell us her first gen story, and we showed our new CBS video. Here are a few snaps from the night.
Happy Holidays from Campus Bound Scholars
We were thrilled to be called a 'guiding light' in our recent profile in Bedford Magazine. Here is some of what writer Abbe Wichman said about our experiences mentoring and supporting first-generation students for college success.
Celebrating 5 years of Campus Bound Scholars
It's been five years since the Campus Bound Scholars program launched. In this issue, the scholars share their experiences of what it's like to go through college as a first-generation student.
Fun news from Campus Bound Scholars
…All of our Campus Bound Scholars have been invited to a very special event at Google headquarters in NYC in January. Our day will include a private tour, panel discussion, and one-to-one networking with a Google employee who matches up with each student's interests.
Our 2017 Campus Bound Scholars are off to college!
Say hello to Sophia Zaykowski, now at Boston College. Stay tuned to follow her and all our scholars as they start classes, learn to live with roommates, hate the food, miss home, balance workload and social life, and all the other challenges of first year on campus.
Our scholars have been busy!
Fanny Munoz, a freshman at SUNY Binghamton, reminding all our Campus Bound Scholars to relax and be AWESOME! Fall is a stressful time for every college freshman but first-generation students often find the transition to campus life particularly challenging. Our adult and peer mentors are specially trained to support students throughout this critical time to ensure college success!
Introducing our 2016 scholars
Say hello to Andrew Revedacs and his mentor Jim Jaffe! At age 14, Andrew came to America from Ghana by himself in search of a better education. "College has been my dream and the reason for my coming so far." Andrew became a successful scholar athlete from Yonkers accepted to Ithaca College.
First college impressions
Crystal Reyes, a Denison College freshman is "shocked and delighted by the different style of teaching in college. In high school we were told what to learn and how to learn it. Here I need to take a more active role in the learning process and to think for myself. There are so many different perspectives to think about!"
We're on a 'mission to transition' for college success!
2015 Campus Bound Scholar Chandell Phifer II with mentor Ken Ray at the moment they realize both chose CUNY (though a few years apart!) Chandell, a Mt. Vernon High School graduate, plans to study biomedical engineering to help find a cure for cancer.