Since its inception in 2002, United Way of Long Island has awarded scholarships and/or grants totaling more than $1,000,000. The DREAMS for Youth Advisory Board, comprised of 7th graders to college students, works under the guidance of United Way staff to make award decisions. The Dreams R Us Foundation provides support for DREAMS For Youth scholarships.
The DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program grants awards in two areas:
Academic - Assists with costs associated with educational goals at a college, university, private or vocational school. Applicants must be in grade 12, demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service. Financial awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Enrichment - Assists with costs associated with activities that enrich the soul, body, heart or inspire creativity. Examples may include music, singing, dance, art lessons; computer graphics training; acting, photography, fashion design; specialized summer camps etc. Funds may be used for enrollment fees, instruments and/or supplies. Applicants must be in grades 7-12, demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service. Financial awards range from $100 to $2,500.
If you are Interested in Becoming a Youth Advisory Board Member, click here to download a Youth Advisory Board Member Application.
A DREAMS For Youth Scholarship Success Story
Kristyne is an ambitious young woman who aspires to her future career as a neuropsychologist. As a United Way of Long Island DREAMS for Youth Scholarship recipient, she is working toward making her dream a reality.
Kristyne is an old soul, wise beyond her years. Although going through an extreme hardship in her life, she has continued to persist and work hard through her studies and volunteerism. As a survivor of abuse at the hands of a close family member, she was carrying a burden that no one at any age should carry. She didn't let this destroy her and ultimately found her voice. Kristyne is now choosing to follow her passion of helping other victims find their voice.
In 2018, Kristyne enrolled as a psychology major with a minor in neuropsychology at SUNY Old Westbury. Financial assistance from the DREAMS for Youth Scholarship is helping her achieve her career goals. Influenced by her mother’s profession as a social worker, Krisytne decided, in eighth grade, that she wanted to become a neuropsychologist. Her professional path is also influenced by her passion for working with children – Kristyne’s future career is slated to include diagnosing children with developmental disabilities, such as ADD/ADHD, and finding and directing patients to sources of therapeutic needs. Ultimately, Kristyne dreams of opening her own private practice.
Now midway through freshman year, Kristyne is appreciating what college has to offer. While time management has been the largest challenge, this young woman is succeeding academically. She looks forward to taking Psychology of Gender and Psychological Themes in Literature courses. She is even preparing for summer, already, by researching a neuroscience summer internship program that specialize in aging on the brain.
Kristyne’s dreams are coming to fruition!
Photo Caption: Kristyne with her dog Delylah!