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NY Metropolitan’s Boost Scholarship

Created in 2016 in order to help fund and give a “boost” to community high school students entering accredited four-year universities, the NY Metropolitan Chapter developed this scholarship as a community service effort. Each recipient who either lives in Manhattan or attends a Manhattan high school has been awarded a portion of the chapter’s fundraising efforts to help pay for college-associated expenses that may not be covered by traditional financial aid packages. Recipients have relayed costs such as dorm room necessities, bedding, backpacks and even movie nights that have been funded by the scholarship and helped to ease the pressure of entering college.

“Our goal is to help in the assimilation that these college-bound students must enter sometimes very unprepared in comparison to their J&J counterparts,” explains, Carmen Walker-Gay, Co-Chair of the Foundation Committee. Along with Barbara Scott whose background is rooted in the private school admissions process, the committee has funded 12 recipients in the last two years and will enter its third year of inception. “We are proud of the work that our chapter has accomplished and the student’s whose lives we’ve impacted - sometimes quite profoundly,” adds Barbara Scott.

Below are the profiles of our recipients:

2016-2017 Awardees

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Ayanna Coleman - University of Pennsylvania
Graduating High School: Convent of the Sacred Heart
Current GPA: 3.5

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Abdourahman “Abdou” Jallow - State University of New York Geneseo
Graduating High School: The Beacon School
Current GPA: 3.56
Dean’s List every semester


Tone Vaughn - Howard University
Graduating High School: Democracy Prep
Current GPA: 3.3


Dara Desrosiers - St. Joseph’s College
Graduating High School: Thurgood Marshall Academy
Current GPA: 3.863


2017-2018 Awardees


Joshua Peters - University of Pennsylvania
Graduating High School: Collegiate
Current GPA: 2.54


Wassa Bagayoko - Brown University
Graduating High School: Chapin School 
Current GPA: 3.2


Selina Asamoah - University of Michigan
Graduating High School: Harlem Village Academy
Current GPA: 3.387


Abdoulaye Barry - State University of New York Stonybrook 
Graduating High School: Harlem Village Academy
Current GPA: 2.7


Yacine Tall - Ithaca College
Graduating High School: International School at Union Square
Current GPA: 3.43


Zoe Albertinie - University of Buffalo
Graduating High School: Thurgood Marshall Academy
Current GPA: 3.12


Awa Sore - Johnson C. Smith University
Graduating High School: Thurgood Marshall Academy
Current GPA: 3.7
Dean’s List


Shardae Gilchrist -  City College of New York
Graduating High School: Young Women’s Leadership
Current GPA: 3.2


2018-2019 Honorable Mention


Shamar Talbot - University of Albany 
Graduating High School: Bishop Loughlin
Book Scholarship Recipient - $250