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Press Release: SAY YES BUFFALO’S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE CLASS OF 2018 AND NEW HBCU SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS AVAILABLE

New for 2018, scholarships now available to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities

BUFFALO, NY – Say Yes Buffalo announced today that the 2018 scholarship application for Buffalo public and charter school seniors to apply for its scholarships and grants is available at www.sayyesbuffalo.org/apply.

New for the graduating class of 2018, Say Yes to Education, the parent organization of Say Yes Buffalo, will offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students enrolling at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the fall of 2018.  The new scholarship to attend HBCUs is available to graduating seniors from the class of 2018 across all Say Yes community-wide chapters, including Buffalo, Syracuse, NY and Guilford County, NC.

Awarded students will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years, to attend the HBCU of their choice, public or private, if admitted through the institution’s admissions process.  Additionally, the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact includes two HBCUs, Bennett College and Simmons College of Kentucky; under the terms of those institutions’ agreements with the Say Yes organization, Say Yes Buffalo Scholars admitted through the regular admissions process who meet financial and other eligibility requirements will qualify for scholarships that cover up to the cost of tuition and mandatory fees.

Say Yes Buffalo scholarships and grants, including the new HBCU scholarships, are available to students who:

  • Reside in the city of Buffalo
  • At minimum, complete grades 9-12, in consecutive years, at a public or charter school in the city of Buffalo or enroll in and complete the Buffalo Public School Adult Education College Career Institute
  • Graduate from a public or charter School in Buffalo in June 2013 or after
  • Enroll full-time at a Say Yes partner college, university or HBCU within one year of high school graduation
  • Apply for all federal and state financial aid programs available (FAFSA and TAP); and,
  • Complete all financial aid paperwork, including financial
aid verification (if applicable) by October 15th for fall semesters and February 15th for spring semesters

Say Yes Buffalo provides scholarships and grants to eligible graduates of Buffalo public and charter schools to all State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) and to nearly 100 private colleges and universities.  A full list of participating institutions can be found on the Say Yes Buffalo website. Eligible students who enroll at a Say Yes participating college will receive a scholarship to cover up to 100% of the cost of tuition after Federal, State and institutional aid has been applied.

Applications for the new HBCU scholarship are due by Feb. 15, 2018, and applications for all other Say Yes Buffalo scholarships and grants are due by May 1, 2018.

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About the Say Yes Buffalo Partnership

Launched in 2012, the Say Yes Buffalo partnership is a community collaboration dedicated to strengthening the city’s public school system and increasing high school and postsecondary graduation rates.  Comprised of the Buffalo Public School District, City of Buffalo, Erie County, the Buffalo Teachers Federation, the District Parent Coordinating Council and more than one-hundred other funders and community-based-organizations is made possible by the collaboration and generosity of Western New York individuals, families, businesses and organizations and Say Yes to Education. More information at www.SayYesBuffalo.org.

About Say Yes to Education

Founded in 1987, the Say Yes to Education national organization is a nonprofit that has long sought to instill hope – in students, in families, and, ultimately, in communities. At the heart of its strategy is a powerful incentive: the prospect of a college scholarship, whether to an in-state public institution or the more than 100 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact. Say Yes helps communities build the systems and structures that make it possible for all young people to earn a college degree or other postsecondary credential. Those systems and structures enable the work of the local Say Yes partnership to go to scale and be sustained through predictable transitions in leadership, and historically unpredictable funding from state and local sources. The organization’s support services and scholarships are available to tens of thousands of public

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