Press Release - 4/21/20
RE: APSF Provides Support to GAPS Students
The Albany Public Schools Foundation (Foundation), through the support of the community, is stepping up in a big way to support Albany students during the Covid-19 crisis. School closures combined with job loss and other economic hardships have created an unprecedented situation for local families. Kids are under enormous stress as they transition to distance learning. Many don’t have a quiet place to study. They’re scared about getting sick and worried about an uncertain future. To help alleviate this situation for Albany students, the Foundation will be providing over $192,000 in support this spring through scholarships, emergency care packages and post-secondary student assistance.
“Covid-19 has increased the economic disparity for many of our most disadvantaged students. We believe that students who face issues such as homelessness, financial disadvantage, and other Covid-19 related obstacles, deserve an equitable chance for success during their K-12 years and as they plan for their future”, states Foundation Director, Aimee Addison.
The Foundation, through its traditional scholarship program, will be awarding $122,000 in scholarships this spring. With 67 different scholarships, funded by local businesses, individuals and Foundation endowments, there are many scholarship opportunities for GAPS graduating seniors. To apply visit: www.albanypsf.org.
In addition to scholarships, the Foundation is putting together 2,000 emergency care packages for K-12 low-income students. The care packages will include hygiene items, food, school and art supplies, and other items to support the emotional and physical well-being of Albany students. GAPS will be distributing these in mid-May to those students most in need.
The Foundation will also be providing up to twenty of our most at-risk students with financial and mentorship support to attend college/trade school. This program, different than the traditional scholarship program, is focused on first-generation and low-income students who hope to attend college/trade school but are facing enormous challenges. These students are chosen each year by Albany’s three high schools.
To find out more information or to donate to Albany Public Schools Foundation student assistance programs, please contact the Foundation at email@example.com or call 541-979-2773.
Your Support Matters
Due to COVID-19, APSF staff is working remotely. Our office is currently closed, but we are still available to answer any of your questions.
You can reach us by phone at 541-979-2773 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm.