YONKERS, N.Y. -- City students of low-income backgrounds, from 11th grade to college graduation, will get help from a Yonkers Partners In Education of Westchester grant.
The $100,000 from the Westchester Community Foundation will fund the YPIE Fellows Program, according to an announcement.
The program guides support students throughout the college application process and their years in college.
“The support the foundation is providing us this year will enable approximately 600 students to receive comprehensive college access and persistence services," said Wendy Nadel, executive director of YPIE.
Specifically, select students work with a YPIE college adviser on all parts of the application and financial aid process and each will receive SAT/ACT preparation and college essay writing support.
After graduating from high school, the YPIE Fellows get assigned a YPIE persistent coach to work with them through college.
The program ensures that the fellows attain the requirements, admission skills and funding opportunities necessary for admission to colleges that match their interests, abilities and financial capacity.
They also receive counseling and guidance to help them navigate course registration, graduation requirements, academic challenges, social situations and everything else that comes with being an independent college student.
With one of the lowest college readiness rates in the county, Yonkers benefits greatly from programs like those offered by YPIE, according to a release.