In a weekly series, Ed Trust–NY will highlight New York FAFSA Challenge Winners for the 2021-2022 school year and the promising strategies they used to support more students to complete the FAFSA.
The Bronx High School of Business receives support from New Settlement’s College Access Center. The school’s counselor also supports graduating students with their college and career process with the help of two youth leaders. As a team, they were able to target students by constantly reaching out via email, text, and social media to make sure students were aware of their college timeline and responsibilities. The school held individual and group conferences to ensure students remained on track. The school’s efforts started at the beginning of the school year with collecting the proper documentation, which allowed for the smooth completion of FAFSA and TAP. The school has also hosted workshops to educate students and families and support them throughout the process. Kwadwo, who will receive the FAFSA Challenge scholarship, is valedictorian for the Class of 2022. He is from Ghana and emigrated to the United States at the age of 11. Kwadwo has shown a strong commitment to his academics by persistently showing up for himself. During his freshman year, Kwadwo was accepted into SEO Scholars, which will support him on his journey to and through college. Kwadwo is graduating early from the Bronx High School of Business and is headed to Lehman College to study computer science.