Corporate Scholarship Program

Corporate Scholarship Program

Supporting college-bound students and their educational dreams.

The Corporate Scholarship Program helps to develop future leaders through the provision of college scholarships to dynamic New York City students. This program provides direct support to youth pursuing a post-secondary education. To date, the Harlem YMCA has awarded nearly $2 million in college scholarship support to our future leaders.

A special committee evaluates applications on an annual basis. Award amounts are $2,500 per scholarship recipient. These funds help to off-set some of the educational expenses a college student encounters. An academically successful student is eligible to apply for the scholarship during each of the four years of college enrollment.

Both the recipient and the scholarship donor receive many benefits from the Corporate Scholarship Program. As a first step in the post-secondary educational experience, a scholar with minimal financial resources is able to explore options beyond their present reach. It helps them achieve a goal which may otherwise be difficult.

The program flourishes in tandem with the other elements of bai. A Corporate Scholarship recipient may have the benefit of a professional mentor and may have attended the Historical Black College Tour – all possibly leading to the selection of a college and a successful scholarship application.

Corporations which provide these scholarships, again, have the residual benefit of fostering goodwill within the communities in which it serves while helping to educate its youth – who could possibly be future employees.


What our participants say about the program

  • “Wells Fargo is proud to partner with the Harlem YMCA to celebrate excellence among the nation’s black professionals and community leaders and to play a key role in supporting NYC’s youth on their journey toward becoming tomorrow’s leaders.”

    Michelle Lee

  • “Thank you for rewarding me with a bai corporate scholarship. Your funds have helped pay for a significant amount of my semester costs at Vanderbilt University, where I am a Human and Organizational Development major, specializing in International Leadership and Development. I currently serve as the president of the Multicultural Leadership Council. I am also a resident adviser, a Vanderbilt Tour Guide, and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I also work with Nations Ministry once a week to tutor refugees. I made Dean’s List this year, and look forward to more challenging semesters at Vanderbilt.”

    Kiersten Chresfield

Transforming Futures

The Harlem YMCA is proud to celebrate 52 years of empowering youth through the bai program. Your support is the key to our continued success, and together, we’ll make a brighter future for tomorrow’s leaders.

Your support is the key to our continued success, and together, we’ll make a brighter future for tomorrow’s leaders.