Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and Immaculate Conception School students listen to remarks by Edward Cardinal Egan at the Anniversary of Project YESS event on June 9th.
FRIENDS Gala Welcomes Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) had the pleasure of welcoming Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, to our 33rd Annual FRIENDS Gala on Tuesday April 21st, only days after his installation in office. Archbishop Dolan serves as Chairman of ICSF's Board of Trustees.

As is the case each year, the FRIENDS Committee of ICSF hosted the Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street, raising over $1 million. Gala chairs, Mary Ann Tighe and her husband Dr. David Hidalgo, ensured a successful evening by gathering many friends and family to support and also attend. Mary Ann, an ICSF Trustee since 2005, is Chief Executive Officer for the New York Tri-State Region at CB Richard Ellis, the global real estate company.

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Project YESS Reaches 10th Anniversary

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Project YESS Leadership Committee Co-Chair Thomas A. Madden, Jr. and Susan George at the 10th Anniversary Event.
On June 9th, the Project YESS Leadership Committee of Inner-City Scholarship Fund celebrated its 10th Anniversary at Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock. Students from Incarnation Elementary School cheerfully greeted 300 guests as they arrived on the 67th floor of the storied building for the monumental event. The evening perfectly unfolded as guests mingled to the tunes of a live jazz band while also taking part in a silent auction and raffle. Presentations were kicked off by Project YESS Leadership Committee Co-Chair Tom Madden as he welcomed Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, who in turn thanked the committee for funding inner-city schools and for giving students a safe, warm and uplifting place to learn.

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FRIENDS Gala Welcomes Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Project YESS Reaches 10th Anniversary

A Letter from the Executive Director

ICSF School on Center Stage: Saint Joseph School on Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx

An Everlasting Gift - Be A Student's Friend Sponsor Thomas Meloro

Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Ladylaura Bueno

ICSF Junior Committee Spring Fundraiser - a Huge Success!

Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Omar Garcia

Happenings at Our Schools

Be A Student's Friend Class of 2009: Listing of Graduates and Destinations


20th Annual Lawyers' Luncheon
Starlight Roof at the
Waldorf Astoria
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

33rd Annual Award Dinner
Mandarin Oriental
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009




A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Milestones. The first half of 2009 saw significant new developments for Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF). The installation of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan generated in us a tangible sense of renewal and excitement for our work on behalf of ICSF students and schools of The Archdiocese of New York. At the same time, we were privileged to honor Edward Cardinal Egan on the occasion of his retirement as Archbishop.

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ICSF School on Center Stage: Saint Joseph School on Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx

Saint Joseph School has served the Tremont community of the Bronx since 1877. Under the leadership of Ms. Janine Hughes for the last 10 years, the school has blossomed in ways that never seemed possible. Enrollment has more than doubled: Saint Joseph now serves over 460 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8! One hundred fifty five of these students are supported by the Cardinal's Scholarship Program and fifteen by Be A Student's Friend.

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An Everlasting Gift - Be A Student's Friend Sponsor Thomas Meloro

Mr. Thomas Meloro, a longtime Inner-City Scholarship Fund supporter and Be A Student's Friend sponsor, recently participated in Career Day at Saint Charles Borromeo School in West Harlem. Tom has been sponsoring a student there since 2003. During a prior visit with his sponsored student, Principal Sister Marianne Poole mentioned her plans to organize a Career Day, and Tom enthusiastically offered to speak about his professional specialty, which is patent law.

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Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Ladylaura Bueno

June 12th marked an auspicious day for the graduates of The Academy of Mount Saint Ursula's Class of 2009. All of the families, teachers, guidance counselors and friends in the Fordham Preparatory School auditorium were proud to watch Commencement for this impressive group of young women on a beautiful early summer afternoon. Among the alumnae of New York State's oldest Catholic school for girls, many have been supported over the years by Inner-City Scholarship Fund's Be A Student's Friend program, which has helped make the gift of a Catholic education a reality for underprivileged children. Ladylaura Bueno's example proves how significant the program's contributions can be in people's lives.

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ICSF Junior Committee Spring Fundraiser - a Huge Success!

On April 24th, the Junior Committee hosted a "Black & White" themed Cocktail Party at the Mutual of America Building's 34th floor lounge overlooking Park Avenue. Over 200 guests attended wearing their elegant black and white fashion ensembles. The crowd of young professionals spent the evening enjoying the open bar, delicious appetizers and a silent auction. More than $25,000 was raised between ticket, auction, and raffle sales. All proceeds from the event will support programming, sponsored scholarships, and internships for Be A Student's Friend and the Job Opportunities Program (JOP).

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Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Omar Garcia

The Church of Saint Helena played host to Monsignor Scanlan High School's June 12th Commencement, a celebration shared by family, friends, teachers and several sponsors of Be A Student's Friend. Mr. John A. Van Rens and his sponsored student Omar Garcia were together for the occasion.

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Happenings at Our Schools

Elementary Schools
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel- Saint Benedicta's student council has accepted a challenge from its Staten Island district city council representative's office named the Civic Kids Initiative. Students are asked to develop a year-by-year plan that will improve the community's environment. This year the students chose to continue their work to beautify the neighborhood of its school and local businesses.

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    Be A Student's Friend Class of 2009: Listing of Graduates and Destinations

    Click here for a list of 2009 BASF Graduates