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Introducing Opportunity and Hope, a new book by Naomi Schaefer Riley

Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce the publication of Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children’s Lives through Scholarships by Naomi Schaefer Riley, author, former Wall Street Journal editor, and columnist for the New York Post.

In this new book, Ms. Riley profiles ten young men and women from across America whose lives were improved when they were awarded scholarships to attend private schools. Nearly all of these students received assistance from CSF or CSF partner programs.

Jason Tejada, one of the CSF alumni profiled who recently graduated from Columbia and now works at JPMorgan Chase, featured prominently in Ms. Riley’s column in yesterday’s New York Post.

Jason and the other scholarship alumni included in Opportunity and Hope represent the 139,000 children who have benefited from a CSF scholarship since our inception in 1998. These young adults are living proof of what can happen when families are empowered to choose the schools that best meet their children’s needs. Thank you to all our generous donors who make their stories possible!

Champions for Children Kicks Off Super Bowl Week

On a chilly night a few days before the Super Bowl, Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) gathered supporters and friends at the New York Athletic Club for our first Champions for Children reception.

New York sports legends Ottis “O.J.” Anderson (Super Bowl MVP & former New York Giant) and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick) were honored with CSF’s Champions for Children awards along with A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

Guests heard board member Remy Trafelet talk about why he supports CSF, and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada introduced our honorees. Jason, who graduated from Columbia University last May and now works at JPMorgan Chase, is a living example of the opportunities CSF scholarships can make possible.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

CSF Board Member Remy Trafelet and former CSF Scholar Jason Tejada.

In their remarks, our honorees made it clear that beyond their athletic successes, they are committed to making life easier for those less fortunate, particularly for children who need access to a good education.   

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

Former New York Giant & Super Bowl MVP Ottis “O.J.” Anderson.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

A.B. Whitfield, former Dallas Cowboy and co-founder of the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn.

We were especially pleased to host the choir from Trey Whitfield School, where several CSF Scholars attend. What a treat it was to hear them singing “Just the Way You Are” in what turned out to be a preview of Bruno Mars’ half-time performance at the Super Bowl!

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Voices of Trey, the Trey Whitfield School choir, performed several songs.

Thank you to our honorees, to the Trey Whitfield choir, to all those who donated items for our live and silent auctions, to Eagel Sports Promotions, Inc., and to everyone who showed their support for the event. A special thank you goes out to our event sponsors: The Speedwell Foundation; Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Sequential Brands Group.

For more photos from the event, please visit CSF’s Facebook page.


CSF’s Champions for Children Honors Athletes During Super Bowl Week


Just a few days before the Super Bowl on Tuesday, January 28th, CSF is hosting an all-star benefit – CSF’s Champions for Children – at the New York Athletic Club.

The evening will honor Super Bowl MVP and former New York Giant, Ottis “O.J.” Anderson; NBA Hall of Famer and former New York Knick, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, and former Dallas Cowboy, A.B. Whitfield. The program also includes a performance by students from the Trey Whitfield School in Brooklyn and a raffle. There’ll also be live and silent auctions featuring sports memorabilia, including a football signed by Roger Staubach and jerseys signed by Eli Manning and Victor Cruz.

This is the place to be to kick-off Super Bowl celebrations while giving economically disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a quality education at the schools their parents choose for them!

General tickets are $150 and can be purchased here: VIP tickets are also available for $500. VIP admission comes with the chance to pose for photos with our athlete guests and get an autographed football or basketball at a private reception before the main event.

Hope to see you on game day, January 28th!

CSF’s Fall Newsletter Released

coverimageThis just in: the Fall 2013 CSF newsletter is here! Click through to read:

  • A special thank you from a CSF parent;
  • Coverage on the recent NY rally for education tax credits;
  • News on CSF alumni graduation rates;
  • Highlights of CSF and CSF partner events across the country;
  • A feature on a Harlem cooking workshop for CSF families,
  • And much, much more!

You can read and download the newsletter here. If you would like a hard copy, please email us.

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at the Children’s Scholarship Fund!


CSF Scholars Go Ice-Skating with Sequential Brands Group

Amid New York City’s first snowfall of the season, CSF Scholars from Ascension School took to the ice at Bryant Park today thanks to our friends at Sequential Brands Group.

The party started out with some lessons since many of the students were first-timers at ice-skating. After some good-natured slips and sliding, the children got the hang of skating and were soon zipping around the ice.


Following a lunch of pizza and hot chocolate, the kids gathered around as Sequential Brands Group’s CEO Yehuda Shmidman presented CSF with a check to fund two new scholarships in New York to raucous applause. Even after so much excitement, there was still more to come! Next up, Santa arrived and distributed gifts with help from his elf. Each student received a pair of Heelys skate shoes.


Our sincere thanks go out to event organizer and CSF Young Leader Julia Graham  and everyone at Sequential Brands Group and Heelys for giving more children the gift of education and providing this group of CSF Scholars with a holiday experience they will never forget.  As one young boy declared, “We should come here every day!”



For more photos, visit CSF’s Facebook page.

CSF Named Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits

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We are happy to announce that Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award is based on the large number of positive reviews that CSF received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. For example, one CSF parent wrote, “There is no greater gift that anybody can give to a child than a good education and that is what this organization is doing for my family.”

You can read all the reviews of CSF on the GreatNonprofits website.

Cardinal Dolan Celebrates Ted Forstmann’s Legacy

Cardinal Dolan commemorated the contributions of three prominent education philanthropists in his recent blog post and we are honored to see our co-founder, Ted Forstmann, among them. Peter Flanigan, Ted Forstmann, and Paul Woolard all made significant contributions to giving New York families access to quality school options through their involvement with the Partnership for Catholic Schools, Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and Children’s Scholarship Fund.

When speaking of Ted, he says:

Ted admired our schools for their splendid academics and emphasis on character, virtue, and faith, but he also admitted that, as a successful businessman, he considered support for our struggling schools to be a shrewd investment, producing competent, reliable leaders for the community, and because private schools served as healthy competitors to the unhealthy monopoly of public education.  This is what lead him to co-found the Children’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students in Catholic and other private schools throughout the country.

Thank you, Cardinal Dolan, for celebrating Ted’s legacy and the work of the Children’s Scholarship Fund. We are honored to be working towards the greater goal of maximizing educational opportunity for all children and realizing Ted’s vision.