Alray Scholars Program Selected for $100K for 100 Program

Posted on July 30, 2014 under ,

We’re thrilled to have been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program, chosen from more than 430 applicants during a very competitive review process. Neil Swidey, founder and board president of the Alray Scholars Program, and Anne Comber, chair of the Alray Scholars Advisory Committee joined more than 250 other guests at a June 2 reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion of funding into greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. For the second year, this exclusive event drew representatives from all 100 grantee organizations, as well as many public officials.

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Alray Scholars Program Holds Resume Building Workshop

Posted on November 19, 2013 under ,

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide our scholars with the resources and support they need to succeed, the Alray Scholars Program hosted a resume-building workshop for past and current scholars at The Boston Globe offices on November 14, 2013. Career counselor and certified resume writer Lynn Walker Levy donated her time and skills as an instructor for the event. A dozen scholars came to the workshop hoping to perfect their resumes and have all of their questions answered. Alray mentor Scott Rynne, a football and lacrosse coach at Tufts University, even came hoping to learn a bit more about the skills that could best help his mentee.

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Alray Scholar Teresa Pina Joins Cape Verde National Women’s Basketball Team

Posted on September 6, 2013 under

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Congratulations to Alray Scholar Teresa Pina who capped her recent achievement of earning her UMASS degree by making the Cape Verde women’s basketball national team to represent her family’s homeland in the international AfroBasket tournament. Fantastic news!

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Alray Scholars Program Joins The Lenny Zakim Fund Community

Posted on August 2, 2013 under

One of the most rewarding developments of 2012 was the selection by the Lenny Zakim Fund for the Alray Scholars Program to join its community of grassroots nonprofit organizations. Named after the late civil rights leader Lenny Zakim, who ran the New England operation of the Anti-Defamation League, the Lenny Zakim Fund supports small but effective Massachusetts nonprofits that are working to make their communities better. As one of the 50 or so organizations selected in 2012, the Alray program received both a grant and access to the LZF’s network of training and resources. The goal is to nurture small nonprofits that are committed to the kind of sustained bridge-building that Lenny Zakim dedicated his life to doing, so these groups can grow and increase their effectiveness.

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Alray Scholar Elizabeth Cabrera Joins the Class of 2012

Posted on August 2, 2013 under

Congrats to Alray Scholar Elizabeth Cabrera, who earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Fall 2012. Here she celebrates with family after being awarded her degree. She is now enrolled in graduate school, studying education. (Photo by Olivia Siegel)

Elizabeth Cabrera was born in the Dominican Republic and went to middle and high school in Boston. She began studying law at a university in San Domingo, but after a few false starts, Liz found herself back in Massachusetts. With her education on hold, she needed to find a job and begin a new life. Eventually, she was able to enroll at Bay State College and earned her Associate’s degree in Computer Science. In 2006, Liz began pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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Our Winter 2012-2013 Newsletter

Posted on December 29, 2012 under

Our Winter 2012-13 Newsletter details the essential strides we’ve made in strengthening our nearly five-year-old organization for the future.

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