March 8, 2004
NYC Administration for Children's Services Presents September 11th Memorial Leadership Scholarship Fund Awards to Teens in Foster Care
Scholars Honored in Memory of ACS Family Members Lost on September 11
Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Commissioner William C. Bell today joined New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) President and New York City Fire Department Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta at Gracie Mansion to launch the September 11th Memorial Leadership Scholarship. Established by ACS with significant funding from New Yorkers For Children, the scholarship is awarded in memory of the family members of ACS employees who were lost on September 11, 2001.
“This scholarship will help propel the most resilient New Yorkers to greater academic achievements,” said Commissioner Bell. “Through this scholarship, the memory of some of New York 's greatest citizens will live on by allowing the hopes and dreams of youth in foster care to flourish. Our honorees have overcome tremendous obstacles in seeking out higher education, and we applaud them.”
“There is perhaps nothing more important for these young people than getting help so that they may continue their education,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “It is the key to an opportunity for a productive and successful life. NYFC is delighted to play a role in providing that opportunity.”
The ACS September 11th Memorial Leadership Scholarship was established to help youth in foster care obtain post-secondary education and training. The scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities and have a commitment to helping others and improving their communities. Scholars will receive financial assistance each semester for up to four years. Honorees are chosen by a selection committee that includes ACS employees who lost family members on September 11th as well as program area staff members from ACS and NYFC.
To date, $29,120 has been raised for the scholarship by NYFC, New York Community Trust, the With Arms Wide Open Foundation and the ACS Office of Advocacy. After today's kickoff, scholarships will be awarded every September.
The first six recipients of the September 11th Memorial Leadership Scholarship are:
Pamela Campbell of the Bronx , a 21-year-old junior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan . She is pursuing a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She was selected on the basis of her perseverance and her commitment to community service.
Caroline Denis of Queens , a 19-year-old working towards a B.A. in History at SUNY New Paltz. She was selected upon the basis of her determination, perseverance and willingness to share her story publicly in order to educate others.
Tiffany Johnson of Queens , a 21-year-old senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a B.S in Health Management. In addition to her academic interest in Health, Tiffany was selected for the depth of her volunteerism, most of which involves health awareness.
Tameka Patterson of Brooklyn , a 21-year-old junior at SUNY New Paltz pursuing a dual B.A. in Psychology and Black Studies. She was selected upon the basis of her perseverance and her determination to use her degree in psychology to improve other people's lives.
Keniel Simpson of Brooklyn , a 23-year-old senior at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He is pursuing a B.A. in English Literature. Keniel's application stood out because of his extensive community service and his commitment to excellence that is most obvious through his often celebrated use of the written word.
Crown Xian of Manhattan , an 18-year-old pursuing a Bachelor's in Business Administration at Baruch College . He was selected on the basis of his perseverance in the face of adversity. This perseverance included acting as his grandmother's (Crown's legal guardian) primary caregiver when he was only sixteen.
For more information on the ACS September 11th Memorial Leadership Scholarship, New Yorkers can call 212-391-2955.
New Yorkers For Children was founded in 1996 as the not-for-profit partner to ACS. Over the past eight years, with donations from private individuals, corporations and foundations, NYFC has created special programs and funded research and training initiatives that have changed the lives of many of the children in foster care.
The New York City Administration for Children's Services protects and ensures the safety and well being of New York City 's children and strengthens families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City's programs of child protection, foster care, preventive services, adoption, child support enforcement, child care and Head Start.