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Deadline Extended for United Way of Long Island Scholarships

April 18, 2018 12:00 PM

For many children on Long Island, the chance to achieve greatness eludes them because they are not prepared to succeed in school both academically and socially. Many of Long Island’s children and youth face challenges stemming from low family income, living in foster care or even facing homelessness. All of these factors can contribute to a lack of family stability and in turn, an unsuccessful educational experience.

Together, United Way and its community partners work to ensure a quality start for young, underserved children by improving basic literacy skills and helping at-risk youth succeed. The organization is offering two scholarships for high school students to help them with their academics and athletics.

These scholarships have been given many young tennis players across Long Island to help them with individual lessons.  They usually are given to high performing players in high school who are on the road to getting a college scholarship, but whose families who can’t afford individual lessons to cultivate their talent.  Among other scholarship recipients, United Way has given out over $15,000 to teen tennis players on Long Island over the past 12 years.

Dreams for Youth Scholarship Fund: The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund is a program that awards grants in the areas of Academics, Community Service & Enrichment. These grants are awarded to students by students as the DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, is comprised of grade 7-12 students that work under the guidance of United Way of Long Island Staff.

The Camilla G. Belser Memorial Scholarship FundThis program offers a $2,500 annual renewable scholarship to a student who will be attending Nassau or Suffolk Community College.

The application deadline for both scholarships has been extended to April 27, 2018.