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Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarships

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Myself Third Scholarship Winners


Alicia Michelle Defante - Tottenville HS


Jamar Dinall - Kurt Hahn HS


Gregory Kurgansky - Fort Hamilton HS
Ronghui Lin - Fort Hamilton HS


Michael Hourahan- Tottenville HS


Rebecca Jo Liu - Tottenville HS


Fatima Dorcelan - James Madison HS


Alison Goddard - Susan E. Wagner HS


Shanna Kofman - Staten Island Technical HS


Olivia Iskarous - John Dewey HS
Evan Leung - Fort Hamilton HS
Stephen Obisanya - Curtis HS
Marissa Schain - James Madison HS


Olena Pavlyik - James Madison HS



On January 17, 2002, Robert Friedman, a partner in Sage Capital Management, announced the creation of $2,500 scholarships for College Now students bound for the City University of New York.  They will be known as the Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarships, a reference to a lesson he learned in the sixth grade: to put oneself third after responsibilities to God and to country.  The scholarships, a tribute to the September 11 rescue workers, will be available to students who participate in College Now, a CUNY program that helps prepare high school students for college.  Applicants will be required to submit an essay describing a personal experience that demonstrates appreciation of civic responsibility. For further information, students should contact the college advisor of their high school or the College Now office in Kingsborough Community College.

As in previous years, the competition is open to New York City public high school seniors who have completed at least one college credit course in the College Now program.  However, in 2019, two scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to two CUNY-bound students enrolling in either an associates or baccalaureate degree program on a full-time basis in fall 2019.

In judging the applications, the quality of the essay, the letters of recommendations, the service activity, extracurricular activities, and transcripts will be examined. 

The timeline is as follows:

  • Students must submit their applications to either their high school liaison or the campus College Now office by March 22, 2019
  • Any applications submitted to the high schools are then due to campus College Now offices by March 27, 2019
  • Semifinalists' applications are due to College Now Central Office by April 10, 2019
  • Finalists are selected by May 1, 2019 and the winners by mid-May
  • The final ceremony will be held on June 13, 2019 at a location TBD.




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