The New York City Mentoring Program, in partnership with the Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., has provided over $200,000 in college scholarships to two graduating mentees every year since 1993. The four-year scholarship takes the success of mentoring relationships, academic achievement, community service, and level of mentor support into account when choosing winners, and is distributed to each student in four separate payments over the course of their college careers.
The timeline for each year’s scholarship application process is as follows:
Coordinators distribute letters about the year’s scholarship to senior mentees and their mentors.
Students are required to submit an application to the New York City Mentoring Program office. Applications include two essays—one about their experience in the mentoring program and the other describing their involvement in a community service or leadership activity, as well as academic and attendance records, two letters of recommendation, and documentation of acceptance to college(s).
The New York City Mentoring Program distributes all complete applications to the scholarship committee (made up of representatives from the Department of Education and Interpublic Group). The committee members rate each student based on grade point average, school attendance record, quality and content of the assigned essays, community service involvement, level of mentor support, and college plans.
Selected finalists are interviewed by the committee and two are chosen as the scholarship winners. Recipients are announced and a reception is held at the Interpublic Group of Companies to honor the winners.
Past scholarship winners have attended Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Oxford, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts, among other prestigious institutions in New York and beyond.
Click here for a full list of scholarship recipients.
Scholarship applications are available beginning in February. Please check in with your mentor or school coordinator if you are interested in applying. Log-in to message your coordinator now.
Pictured on this page: Amanda Fazio and Tommy Valerio, 2013 Interpublic Scholarship Winners (top photo); Alyssa Flores and Edwin Hernandez, 2012 Interpublic Scholarship Winners (bottom photo)