Help for Scholars

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Students who attended low-performing public schools in Orleans Parish last year have an opportunity to obtain scholarships to enroll at participating nonpublic school for the coming academic year. But parents need to act quickly to obtain the 1,500 scholarships of up to $6,300 each that are available to pay for tuition for children in kindergarten through third grade.

Deadline for applications is Saturday, July 19, at 1 p.m.

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at Dryades YMCA of Greater New Orleans (2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), starting Monday, July 14, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. That location also will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is leading the charge to get the word out to low-income families whose children could benefit from the program as part of its mission to increase quality educational options for African-American children.

“We have partnered with the Department of Education to make this scholarship program a success,” says BAEO State Director Shree Medlock. “The program is designed to provide low-income families with greater education choices. We are planning to hit the neighborhoods, barbershops, churches, alert the newspapers, television, and radio stations in New Orleans to put the word out that we are committed to this cause.”

For more information, visit the BAEO Web sit at www.baeo.org or call the national headquarters at (202) 429-2236.

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