Gray Foundation Hosts New UNCF Gray NYC Scholars Attending HBCUs

On June 26, 2023, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and the Gray Foundation announced the 2023 high school graduates selected to receive scholarships from the UNCF Gray NYC Scholars Program. Funded with a $3 million grant from the Gray Foundation, the program helps underrepresented New York City students from low-income backgrounds attend and earn their […]

She’s Going Into 6th Grade and Already Saving for College

A New York City program encourages children to save from kindergarten. Caileigh is one of nearly 3,300 rising sixth graders who were given their own college savings accounts for the 2017-18 academic year, when Caileigh entered kindergarten. Collectively, they have banked $1.26 million for college in NYC Scholarship Accounts since then. That works out to an […]

Blackstone’s Jon Gray Gives $3 Million to Fund Scholarships at HBCUs

A foundation created by Blackstone Inc. President Jon Gray and his wife Mindy is partnering with the United Negro College Fund to create scholarships for New Yorkers to attend historically Black colleges and universities. Funding will be up to $50,000 a year per student, with UNCF providing guidance on academics, securing internships and exploring career paths. The […]

Dollars and dreams for young New Yorkers

We need to convey to children: believe in yourself, and know that your community believes in you. And: we can prove it. That proof is visible all over the city this month: as more than 70,000 kindergartners receive their free NYC Scholarship Account. The accounts, via the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program, are […]

We can level the playing field in college admissions

Money remains the biggest obstacle to college; it’s also among the easiest for wealthy New Yorkers to address. Research shows that establishing a college savings fund – even a small one – makes a huge difference in a child’s college prospects. A child with just a few hundred dollars in a college savings account is […]