Half of the grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation will create an endowment for BC's College Bound program, the four-year college preparatory effort for at-risk youths in Brighton High School and West Roxbury High School.
The remaining $500,000 will be designated for the Peter Jay Sharp Urban Scholars Fund, which, beginning in 2002, will provide scholarships each year for five years for six to 10 students of color committed to teaching in urban areas.
Representatives from the Boston Public Schools and the Sharp Foundation will join LSOE administrators and faculty in celebrating the grant at the annual College Bound winter gathering on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall. Among those expected to attend is Boston Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Payzant.
LSOE Dean Mary Brabeck said the Sharp Foundation gift was a tribute to the work of College Bound director Prof. George Ladd (LSOE) and "our colleagues at Brighton and West Roxbury high schools. They are committed to providing pathways to college for Boston Public Schools students."
Brabeck added, "This gift will allow us to achieve our mission of recruiting and educating students of color for teaching and for success in higher education."
Since its inception in 1988, College Bound has helped more than 100 young men and women make successful transitions from high school to college. All students who complete the program have graduated from high school and been accepted by at least three colleges and universities. Of these, 85 percent have graduated in four years from such institutions as Boston College, Boston University and Georgetown University, and have gone on to careers in education, medicine, business, and social services.
"College Bound is directed not only at helping the students, but at making a difference in their schools," said Ladd. "These students volunteer in school and in the community while they're in the program, and they show themselves to be leaders and role models. They also are proving to continue to 'give back' while attending college, as well as in their careers."
By providing the resources for 30-35 graduate students during the next five years, the Peter Jay Sharp Urban Scholars Fund will enable the Lynch School to continue recruiting students of color, particularly those who have been educationally disadvantaged. The fund will provide financial incentives for them to enter the teaching profession and mentor them both through their education and in their first years as teachers.
LSOE's efforts to support students of color committed to teach in urban schools began more than a decade ago when school administrators realized the future quality and diversity of the K-12 education teaching pool, particularly in urban centers, was at risk.
Through a grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, the Lynch School launched its Minority Teaching Scholars Program in 1990. Since then, LSOE has educated more than 30 minority scholars through the program.
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation was established in 1984 to fund programs in education and the arts. Mr. Sharp, who died in 1992, was a real estate developer and hotelier who served as a past chairman of the New York City Opera. He also served on the boards of the International Center for the Disabled, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Vivian Beaumont Theater, City Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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