iMentor attends UNCF Gray NYC Scholars Reception

iMentor recently attended a NYC Scholar Reception hosted by the UNCF Organization and the Gray Foundation at Blackstone. The reception honored and supported the outstanding high school students who have been awarded life-changing college scholarships through this initiative. The event provided an invaluable opportunity for current scholars, alumni, family members, and other supporters to connect and celebrate the tremendous potential of these students.

The reception included a meet-and-greet that brought together representatives from the Gray Foundation, UNCF, the scholars and their families, and access organizations, like iMentor.

A highlight of the event was the recognition of standout students like Kalia Oaddams, a recent graduate from Information Technology High School in Queens. Kalia was proudly nominated by iMentor and expressed gratitude for the chance to represent the organization. She spoke about her excitement to attend college in the fall, which is being supported by the UNCF-Gray scholarship she was awarded.

Kalia described the scholarship as truly opening doors for her future aspirations in college and beyond. She will be attending Howard University, a historically black college and will receive $50,000 over four years.

“When I was given such a big opportunity, I knew it was because of my dedication and time I’ve put in,” said Kalia. “So, when I took this chance, I knew it would change the next chapter of my life forever.” 

From Left: AD of Individual Giving & Major Gifts, Parice Megan Grant; President, Gray Foundation, Charissa Fernandez UNCF; Scholar and iMentor Mentee, Kalia Oaddams

The UNCF-Gray NYC Scholars Program provides crucial financial assistance and support to empower talented high school students to access and excel in college. The program has awarded many scholarships to date, partnering with organizations like iMentor, Blackstone, and the Gray Foundation to remove barriers to education.

"Attending the UNCF-Gray NYC Scholar reception was truly an honor, as it allowed us to strengthen the critical and impactful relationship we have with the Gray Foundation and UNCF Organization,” said Parice Grant, Associate Director of Individual and Major Gifts, NYC, at iMentor. “Witnessing Kalia accept her scholarship and embark on her post-secondary journey was a testament to the transformative power of education. We are proud to be a part of her story and look forward to continuing our partnership in advancing educational opportunities for all."

From Left: President, Gray Foundation and 4 UNCF Scholars Alumni

Events like this celebratory reception highlight the strengths and potential of the UNCF-Gray Scholars, bringing together the community of donors, families, mentors, and organizations who make this program possible. Scholars like Kalia Oaddams personify the power of investing in youth through scholarships and support services. Her outstanding achievements demonstrate the long-term impact these opportunities create.