BENEFITING: Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Even in the best of circumstances, growing up can present real challenges. For inner-city school children those challenges are multiplied many times over and are often overwhelming. Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) helps remove the fundamental challenge of getting a good education in a safe, secure environment in New York City. More than 60% of the students enrolled at the 103 designated elementary and secondary inner-city schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island come from homes living at or below the federal poverty line - the average scholarship recipient's family income is approximately $24,000 per year. Over half of ICSF students come from single-parent households. Despite these impediments, our Catholic schools — in partnership with our donors — enable our students and their families to overcome enormous odds and break the cycle of poverty through education. Fully 99% of our high school seniors graduate and 96% of those graduates pursue college or university studies.