New York Leader Week Shout-outs!

***Friday Shout-Outs!***

Hey HamFam! We're excited to share extra special New York Leader Week shout-outs with you!

We are so grateful for all the time and effort all of our volunteers, partners, and supporters devoted to helping make NYLW an impactful and empowering experience for the 2018 cohort.

Shout-out to everyone who brought history to life for the Scholars during the week's excursions! Thank you to Federal Hall National Memorial, Mindy Anderson of New York Harbor Parks for making a video of our visit to Federal Hall, Alexandra Woods who provided a Hamilton descendant's perspective at Hamilton Grange National Memorial, and the wonderful Ranger Smith at the African Burial Ground National Monument! Thank you to Sandy Trenholm of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and New-York Historical Society for providing us with a space for our sessions and giving us an unforgettable experience connecting with the past. Thank you to Bill Chrystal for allowing Scholars to meet Alexander Hamilton!

Shout-out to Maria Asayag for hosting an admissions info session, and to Diana Carranza and Santi Tobar-Potes for providing Hammies with a guided tour at Columbia University.

Shout-out to Akil Belo, test prep extraordinaire, and to the college reps who shared key insights about the college application process with the Hammies: Clifford Thornton of Wesleyan University, Mia Rogers of Hamilton College, Nikki Chambers of Barnard College, Kaitlin Oliver of Franklin & Marshall College, Allyson Umali of University of Virginia, and John Chavez of Columbia University in the City of New York.

Shout-out to Ellen Daviero for the amazing and delicious nourishment you provided the Hammies all throughout the week. The love and care you put into every meal was truly astonishing.

Shout-out to all of the Hambassadors who served as airport guides, panelists, and mentors: Barbara Biney, Cherrysse Ulsa, Bemnet Zewdie, Andrea Jurado, Jonathan Samayoa, Miatta Harris, Kyle Baldwin, Drew Simon, Anastasiya Parvankin, Andrew Ock, Caleb Bradford, Jesus Moran, Peiyi Mei, Kay-Ann Henry. Special thanks to Carlos Sotelo and Lona Nguyen who served as Hammie chaperones and POD leaders for the entire week!

Last but not least, shout-out to the dynamic duo Kelly Herrington and Lynell Engelmyer, who served as the key architects behind program sessions as well as chaperones and one-on-one college and financial aid counselors to the 2018 Cohort. This week would not have been possible without your expertise and unwavering dedication.

With deep gratitude,
AHS Team

College Signing Day 2018

College Signing Day signals an important milestone in the lives of millions of young people across the nation. For under-served and first-generation college students, it means that all the hard-work, all the sleepless nights, all the times they steeled themselves against exhaustion and doubt to overcome the roadblocks in their way, have finally paid off.  Join us in celebrating this special moment with the 2017 Cohort as they take the first exciting step in the next phase of their lives. The road ahead will be full of both triumph and defeat, but we know they will all succeed in becoming the next generation of leaders and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish along the way.

Congratulations 2017 Scholars!

Caps and Gowns

Twenty-seven Hamilton Scholars graduated from college this spring, equipped with degrees ranging from Russian Language to Neuroscience and tools to change the world. 85 percent of the 2012 Scholars who entered the program five years ago have remained active, with a 100 percent retention rate for first-generation college students. While the national six-year college graduation rate is 59 percent, the Pell Institute reports that 10.9 percent of low-income, first-generation college students graduate from college within six years. At AHS, 90 percent of retained 2012 Scholars and 86 percent of first-generation 2012 Scholars graduated from college within four years.

As college graduates, these Scholars now enter the role of Hambassador. Whether through becoming donors, sharing their time, energy, and expertise, spreading the word about AHS in their communities, or participating in fundraising efforts, we encourage alumni to give back to the organization in ways that are most meaningful to them.

Because of you, these Scholars have traveled to Seattle, Washington and Tecpán, Guatemala for transformative leader weeks dedicated to the college transition and leadership and service. Your contributions to the Independent Internship Scholarship and Texas Leader Weekend have supported career readiness and transition for our Scholars. Your impact shines in each of these graduates. Thank you.     

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