For our foster care youth, Seamen’s Society stands in place of parents in some instances. For other youth, our programs serve as a positive alternative to the streets. All our youth receive our encouragement and support to set high expectations for them, and to help define their hopes and aspirations for the future.
To do this effectively, our children need our financial assistance when they graduate from high school and enter college or vocational school. Since its inception in 1998, Seamen’s has awarded 166 scholarships.
On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Seamen’s Society held its 19th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at LiGreci’s Staaten on Staten Island. This year, 25 young men and women were presented scholarship awards to assist them in their pursuit of higher education in various local and out of state colleges. For the first time, Seamen’s could grant its first graduate school scholarship to one of our recipients due to the generosity of the Legacy Society.
Over 100 guests attended, including donors, members of Seamen’s Board of Trustees, representatives from local community leaders, recipients and their families, and staff; all joined in to celebrate and extend their congratulations to the recipients. Seamen’s Society also acknowledged our very special donors for their continued support of the program that began in 1998. To date, 50 students have graduated from the program.
Seamen’s is looking forward to our 20th anniversary dinner on June 27, 2017. We thank all our donors for making this possible.