Dear Parent/Student/Guardian,
This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program for full time students: the Excelsior Scholarship.  A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York’s students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed.  The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY community college or university beginning in the fall of 2017.
More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship.  How do you know if you qualify?  The requirements are simple:
Students must:
  • Be residents of New York State
  • Enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
  • Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program
The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall of 2017.  It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.
The application will be available starting June 7th.  To receive an electronic notification when the application is live, we encourage you to enter your email in the Excelsior Alert Form on the HESC website:
Please find additional information below on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply.  Students and their families can also visit or to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.
H. Carl McCall
Chairman, The State University of New York
Board of Trustees
William C. Thompson, Jr.
Chairman, The City University of New York
Board of Trustees


  • OFFICE OF POST SECONDARY READINESS  hosted its first annual Summer Enrichment Fair, for a list of participating organizations offering summer jobs, internships, and enrichment opportunities, clickhere and here.
  • Torus Teens is an online platform that lists free and low-cost summer enrichment opportunities for NYC teens to explore interests, build skills, and get support!
  • Khan Academy offers FREE SAT Prep, Advanced Placement prep for: Calculus AB/BC; Physics 1/2; Chemistry; US History; Art History; Biology. Visit for FREE customized practice.
  • Apr 29– Register to attend The Secrets to NOT Being a Broke College Studentworkshop at the Museum of Natural History.
  • Apr 29Echoes of Incarceration is hosting a month-long Filmmaking and Advocacy summer camp to train young people (ages 15-19) in filmmaking and advocacy around immigration and criminal justice issues. Students will receive lunch, MetroCards and stipend. Contact Jeremy Robins at: or Lewis Webb at for an application.
  • Apr 30– Apply to participate in The Central Park Summer Internship which provides high school students, 16 and older, with a paid internship in the conservancy department of the park. Interns work five days a week and come together on Fridays for different projects or trips.
  • Apr 30– Registerto attend Barnard College’s College Planning Day for Juniors and learn more about the application process with Admissions staff and staff from the Financial Aid office.
  • Apr 30Apply to participate in PowerPlay NYC’s SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA), a FREE year-long youth development program for High School girls. The program kicks-off with a required 7-week summer intensive program from July 5 – August 18, 2017.
  • Apr 30– Applyto participate in Artslife, a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement.
  • May 10– Juniors can registerto learn about SUNY visual and performing arts programs at the SUNY Welcome Center. Contact: 1-800-342-3811 or
  • May 17– Students and families can registerto learn about The State University of New York (SUNY) — academic programs, admissions process, and financial aid assistance.
  • May 19Apply to participate in Youth Communication. The program is hosting its 38th Annual Summer Writing Workshop from July 5 – August 11, 2017. Workshop participants receive one-on-one mentoring, participate in field trips, and will have their stories published in the award-winning YCteen and Represent magazines.
  • May 26– Young women can applyto participate Barnard College Summer in the City, from Sunday, June 25 – Friday, July 21, 2017. Scholarships are available based on financial need.
  • May 31– Juniors registerto learn about the SUNY Health Sciences programs at the SUNY Welcome Center Contact: 1-800-342-3811 or
  • May 31– Applyto participate in  RECYouth,Teen Digital Media, an extracurricular program for students interested in film, photography, graphic and game design, or coding.
  • Additional student opportunities, can be found here.



The State University of New York’s spring College Fairs are just a few weeks away!  Sophomores,  juniors and their families should attend.  
Student registration can be found here:  Representatives from almost 30 different SUNY campuses will be available to discuss academic offerings, student life, financial aid, and more.
The College Fairs will be held at three locations this spring:
Sunday, May 21, New York, NY
The Armory Track & Field Center
Monday, May 22, Whippany, NJ
Hanover Marriott Hotel
Tuesday, May 23, Long Island, NY
SUNY Old Westbury Clark Athletic Center



The Legal Aid Society will be holding a free legal clinic on Monday, April 17th from 4pm-8pm at a law firm in Times Square, to help parents complete Designations of Person in Parental Relationship forms.  These allow the parents to name someone to make healthcare and medical decisions for their minor children, in case the parent is detained/deported (or is otherwise unavailable).

The Legal Aid Society has 20 appointment slots per hour at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.

If there are any parents who are interested, please have the parent or their contact person at the school email Hassan Shafiqullah (HHShafiqullah@legal-aid.orgthe following information:

– Full name

– Phone number

– Email or mailing address (so that we can send them a confirming email or letter with the location and their appointment time)

– Best language

If you have further questions, please contact the Legal Aid Society at 212-577-3300 or Hasan Shafiqullah at

Museum of Finance Academy

A course will be offered in the Fall semester only.

  • 8-week personal finance certificate course
  • FREE; open to high school juniors and seniors only
  • Field trips to financial destinations
  • Scholarship awarded to top student/s



STEM Nights are held on Friday evenings from 5:30-8 pm. They feature a 45-minute table-top activity session, an hour long panel discussion, and a 30-minute informal networking session. See below for dates.

Event Dates and Themes:

Friday, December 9th, 2016– Using Social Media to Engage in STEM

Friday, February 3rd, 2017– Design Engineering

Friday, March 3rd, 2017– Women in STEM Leadership

Friday, April 7th, 2017– Conservation and STEM

Friday, May 12th, 2017– STEM Career Expo

Students must register –

Event Address:

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St

Corona, NY 11368