Buffalo Urban League Faces Scholarship Fund Shortage

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Buffalo Urban League Faces Scholarship Fund Shortage

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Graduating high school seniors heading for college need the community’s help.

Thanks to generous sponsors and individual donations, the Buffalo Urban League has raised enough money to award 80 scholarships to local students, but the Urban League is still short of meeting its 154 scholarship goal.

On Friday, June 24 staff will begin making calls and sending out letters notifying students who will receive a Buffalo Urban League Scholarship.

“We desperately need the community’s support,” said Brenda McDuffie, president of the Buffalo Urban League. “With the cost of college tuition rising, there is even more need for financial assistance. With the help of our community, we hope to close the gap and provide the necessary funds for students wishing to pursue their college degree.”

In the past, the Urban League raised money needed to fund its college scholarship program through its annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. The economic recession caused the organization to cancel this year’s tournament.

“All of our students are deserving of the Buffalo Urban League scholarship. One hundred percent of the donations we receive will go directly to the college-bound students in our community,” added McDuffie.

People can make donations by calling Kate Samborski at (716) 250-2409 or online at http://buffalourbanleague.org/DonationsOnline.html.

Prior to receiving a Buffalo Urban League Scholarship, candidates must complete a rigorous application and interview process.
Last year, the Buffalo Urban League met its goals and provided 155 students with scholarships needed to fund costs associated with attending college.