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Williams College and Morgan Stanley

to be Honored at Access to Success Dinner


Cristo Rey New York High School’s Access to Success Dinner will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the University Club (1 W. 54th Street, NY, NY).


Five years ago, Cristo Rey New York High School (CRNYHS) inaugurated the “Access to Success” dinner to promote the good work and vision of Cristo Rey. Each year, the school honors a collegiate partner and corporate sponsor that have been instrumental in fostering students’ success. This year, Cristo Rey New York will honor Williams College and Morgan Stanley for their commitment to providing opportunities for first generation students from low-income backgrounds.


Five CRNYHS alumni have enrolled at Williams; one has graduated and the four others are on track to graduate. With substantial financial aid packages and supportive academic resources, Williams is making college access and college success realities for CRNYHS students.


“I'm grateful for Williams' ongoing commitment to ensure that Cristo Rey NY students have access to the tools and support needed to thrive. It's my hope that even more Cristo Rey students will be able to experience the transformative power of a Williams education” says Mollie Quinn, CRNYHS Director of College Guidance.


Morgan Stanley has partnered with CRNYHS since 2012 to provide a unique work experience for students.  This support has helped twenty-two students earn forty percent of the cost of their high school education while gaining valuable professional experience.


Past honorees of the event include: Credit Suisse, Skadden Arps, and the Capital Group, as well as Fordham, Holy Cross, Georgetown, Le Moyne.

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ABOUT CRISTO REY NEW YORK: Cristo Rey New York High School offers students from low-income families an affordable, high-quality college-preparatory education paired with real-life work experience. Founded in 2004 in East Harlem, CRNYHS is part of the Cristo Rey Network of 35 schools across the United States. CRNYHS serves 369 students in grades 9-12 and 861 graduates.


The student population is 72% Hispanic, 21% African-American, and 7% who identify as other. The majority of these students enter Cristo Rey from underserved elementary and middle schools, and their academic performance entering high school is predominantly below grade level. According to FACTS Financial Aid Assessment, the average family income of our students in SY18-19 is $30,477, with an adjusted available income of ($5,321). Sixty-five (65%) of our students come from single-parent homes, and eighty-two percent (82%) of our student body is eligible for Federal free or reduced lunch. Virtually all will be the first generation in their families to attend college.


Our published tuition of $2,000 and has never been raised. Even with our low tuition, eighty-two percent (82%) of our student body receives financial aid. Forty percent (40%) of the cost of our program is covered through the Corporate Work Study Program, with each student earning $7,150 on a job sharing team at one of more than 140 corporations and community partners throughout the New York Metropolitan area.


Our 98% college enrollment rate is double the national average for low-income students, and our 63% college graduation rate is quadruple the national average. In addition to Williams, our alumni attend other prestigious schools in the country including Georgetown, Amherst, Princeton, Bates, UVA, Columbia, Holy Cross, Tufts, Williams and Dartmouth.

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