We applaud this year’s 16 college scholarship recipients! We want to share and celebrate their college choice, their career aspirations, and what Children’s Aid means to them.
Half of this year’s cohort includes aspiring health care professionals, and the remaining half include future leaders in government, business, and science.
Join us in congratulating them as they embark on their freshman years!
Career Goal: Registered nurse
"Children's Aid has helped me navigate my way through college, financial aid, and interviews."
Saint Francis College
Career Goal: Physician
“Children’s Aid has been there for me for my mental health and for the start of my college journey.”
City College of New York
Career Goal: Doctor
"My junior year, I worked with a Children's Aid representative on School Leadership team. At every meeting we talked about ways to better our community's health, whether it be physical or mental health.”
Beverly Nana Esi Dekyem
St. John’s University
Career Goal: Nurse anesthetist
"I am really grateful for the Children’s Aid programs especially this year because they really helped me out with my application to college and also kept me on track of what I needed to get done."
University of the Pacific
Career Goal: Pediatric nurse practitioner
"Children's Aid has enriched my educational experience and helped me grow and learn."
Career Goal: Veterinarian
"The Children's Aid scholarship immensely benefits and helps me with my academic and career goals."
Rogelio Garcia Navarrete
Career Goal: Dental hygienist
“I looked more into the requirements in the dental field and am interested in launching a career as a dental hygienist. The Children's Aid Scholarship would help me achieve my dream job.”
Career Goal: Neuropsychiatrist
"Being involved in these Children’s Aid communities provided me with various leadership skills, including communication, teamwork, and dedication."
John Jay College
Career Goal: FBI agent
"Children’s Aid programs have strengthened my interest in pursuing a career in the FBI, where I can work in the field and continue to advocate for others."
Jasmine Peña Garcia
Career Goal: Political activist
"The Children's Aid Scholarship gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment motivating me to continue to work hard and strive to reach my academic and career goals."
Career Goal: Environmental justice
“I can say that Children's Aid has made my high school experience unforgettable and has made me discover my purpose.”
City College of New York
Career Goal: Social worker
“Every year, the students at our school produce a Peace Block Party with the help of Children’s Aid staff, which promotes nonviolence. For me, it created a way of being more out of my comfort zone and becoming more of a leader than being in my shell.”
Career Goal: Marketing
‘With these fantastic Children’s Aid experiences, I am furthering my experiences and seeing different job roles from a wider perspective.”
Penn State Abington
Career Goal: Finance
"All can be connected back to the values that I gained from the experiences of this summer working for SYEP through Children’s Aid.”
Mahmodol Hasan Nayem Mojumder
Stony Brook University
Career Goal: Physics professor
"Volunteering and participating in many Children's Aid events has also had a positive impact on myself. It provided me with a sense of fulfillment and personal growth."
Hostos Community College
Career Goal: Engineer
“The Children’s Aid Scholarship will help me to attend college without worrying. I am ready for new challenges.”