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For many children on Long Island, the chance to achieve greatness eludes them because they are not prepared to succeed in school both academically and socially. Many of Long Island’s children and youth face challenges stemming from low family income, living in foster care or even facing homelessness. All of these factors can contribute to a lack of family stability and in turn, an unsuccessful educational experience.
Together, United Way and its community partners work to ensure a quality start for young, underserved children by improving basic literacy skills and helping at-risk youth succeed.

DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Fund is a program that awards grants in the areas of Academics, Community Service, & Enrichment. These grants are awarded to students by students as the DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, is comprised of grade 7-12 students that work under the guidance of United Way of Long Island Staff. Read More

The Camilla G. Belser Memorial Scholarship Fund - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Stuff-A-Bus:The Stuff-A-Bus program provides students from low-income families with new school supplies, preparing them for their academic studies, building their self esteem and setting them up for success. Read More

BeReadyLI Children's Workshop - This interactive lesson captures students' attention by using engaging videos, activities and take-home packets to help them learn and retain the information. Students learn the importance of knowing their full names, recognizing who in the community can help in case of an emergency, knowing their caregivers first and last names, and what should go in their 'go packs'. 

The Anthony J. Stupore Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sal LaFonte Memorial Fund

Scott Martella Memorial Scholarship Fund

Additional Scholarship Opportunities