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December 5, 2017

Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar - NYCON's December Spotlight


Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar inspires and empowers promising, underserved students to succeed in high school, college and life.


All high school students will have access to the services and networks of support they need to succeed in college and pursue the future of their dreams.


Founded in 1996, by Capital Region business leaders Charles Buchanan and William Barnet, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar was founded as a response concerns about opportunities for local young people to develop the skills and experience to meet the growing need for an educated workforce in the region. Initially modeled after a successful program in Philadelphia, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar developed a one-to-one student support program that identified promising, underserved young people with ambitions to succeed in high school and college. After a feasibility study, the program was launched in both Albany and Troy.


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