We are located in Glen Cove, NY, one of the most diverse small cities and school districts in New York. Inspired by the potential we see in the young people here, we founded LI Scholars in 2019 to help public school students in Glen Cove and all over Long Island realize their dreams. 


Our mission is to support motivated public school students, especially those from under-resourced backgrounds, in their efforts towards college readiness, access, and success.

Public school students from modest backgrounds often have an incomplete understanding of the opportunities available to them. Yet they are more likely to complete college when they attend selective institutions. Simply receiving help from experts in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) leads to increased enrollment and better financial aid packages.


This is where Long Island Scholars comes in.


In addition to our Long Island Scholarships program, we will offer free public workshops in Glen Cove in our inaugural year (2019-2020)  on the following topics:

  • College  Admissions, Simplified

  • The College Essay, Simplified

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships, Simplified

Arriving on campus, students can sometimes feel overwhelmed, under-prepared for, or alienated from college life. They may struggle with time management, priority-setting, planning, and other adult skills. Mentoring and training can equip students to manage the challenges of independence, college-level work, and campus life.


Supporting our Scholars' success after high school graduation is key to our vision. That's why we continue mentoring our Scholars all the way through the end of their first semester in college.


LONG ISLAND SCHOLARS is a newly formed  educational nonprofit [501(c)(3)] in Glen Cove, NY, dedicated to leveling the playing field for motivated, under-resourced public school students on Long Island. In our inaugural year (2019-2020) we will accept up to 10 Long Island Scholars by rolling application to receive up to $20,000 in free educational consulting through the end of their first semester in college.

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Dr. Shawn Marie Garrett

Associate Member, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, Stony Brook University (in process)

20 years' service on teaching faculties at Yale University (Theater, English); Barnard College, Columbia University (Theater) ; Stony Brook University (Writing and Rhetoric); and in private secondary education.

D.F.A., M.F.A. with Honors, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama

B.A. cum laude with Honors in English,

Duke University

Mother of Samuel, age 14, grade 9, Glen Cove High School