Thursday, March 14, 2013


Ascend Educational Fund, Inc



This spring, Ascend Educational Fund will award scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

Eligibility Requirements

• Must be born outside the United States or have two parents born outside the United States

• Must be a graduating senior at a high school in the five boroughs of New York City

• Must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2013-2014

Application Materials

• Completed and signed application form

• Official high school transcript

• Copy of SAT or ACT score report

• Two letters of recommendation

• Two essays

Selection Criteria and Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. A committee drawn from the local community will review applications and select a group of finalists for interviews.

April 15 Application materials due

May 13 Finalists notified

May 18-19th Interviews

May 20 Scholarship recipients notified

Scholarship Conditions

Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution in equal installments over a two or four year period, depending on the type of institution. Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship awards.

• Enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university

• Remain in good standing and maintain a 2.5 grade point average

• Submit yearly progress reports to Ascend Educational Fund

• Participate in mentoring provided by Ascend Educational Fund

Additional Information

• Application forms are available at

• Questions can be directed to


Help your students get a head start on their academic year.

To help your students get a jump-start on their final years as a high school student, NYU-Poly is offering summer courses in Engineering, Mathematics, and Web Design as well as an exciting CSAW Cybersecurity Program for Young Women in High School. Let Poly's tradition of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship help prepare them for academic success!

We hope you will be able to inform your students of these exciting summer courses:

Introduction to Engineering and Design

This three credit summer course aims to provide students with a hands-on learning experience, which will provide: working knowledge of contemporary engineering practice, the problem solving process, and the tools and technologies engineers employ, as well as an understanding of the design process including competition, cost, quality, scheduling and manufacturability considerations and the opportunity to practice in an actual design project - building a robot.


This four credit course is designed for high school students who want to improve their Algebra I and II skill as well as their understanding of the fundamentals required for Calculus. Students will learn exponents, multiplication of algebraic expressions, factoring algebraic expressions, working with algebraic fractions, proportionality, rates of change, and more.

Web Design

This three credit course is designed for high school students wanting to learn more about designing for the Web. Students will learn HyperText Markup Language (HTML) - the code structure underneath the Web pages; Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) the presentation layer of the web; and JavaScript, a language for controlling behavior on web pages.

CSAW Cybersecurity Program for Young Women

This program provides a unique opportunity for high school females from the New York City area. Qualified students will engage in an educational program covering the fundamental concepts of computer science, math and cybersecurity, leading to participation in a nationwide CSAW High School Cyber Forensics Challenge hosted annually by NYU-Poly.

Learn More and Apply

For more details on the courses being offered and to access the application, please visit: