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"I Did It!!!"

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

Yesterday evening at 8:57, Kelly H.—Long Island Scholar, first-generation American, and Early Decision applicant to the Boston University Class of 2024—texted me the news: she had just become the first woman in her family to apply to college. An environmental activist who's planning to major in Early Childhood Education, Kelly wants to devote her life to teaching kids about the perils facing our planet. "By integrating environmentalist principles into both formal and non-formal education settings," she writes, "I hope, in the years to come, to be able to educate future generations, creating a wave of people who will develop a sense of care and respect for our planet."

Kelly and the other seniors we are supporting through the 2019-2020 college application cycle inspire us every day at Long Island Scholars—with their thoughtfulness, passion, resilience, resourcefulness, creativity, and most of all their commitment to working for a fairer, safer, saner world. So far in our inaugural year, we've helped our Scholars and their families complete the FAFSA, apply for scholarships, and apply for Early Decision and Early Action admissions to BU, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo, the Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and NYU. The next early deadline is November 15, and we are still actively recruiting current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for our free program, which supports eligible public school students on Long Island in college readiness, access, and success. Visit our website or email us at info@longislandscholars for details.

To all who hit "Submit" on their ED and EA applications last week: congratulations! You've taken a giant step this week towards a bright future.

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