What Is Stride?
Stride focuses on children living in high poverty/high risk communities by providing them with financial and emotional aid toward gaining a higher education. By providing these opportunities, Stride is creating leaders who will ultimately better their communities by representing the successes of a good education and encouraging other’s to follow in their footsteps.

Stride’s program is designed to support and encourage high school students by identifying and eliminating obstacles for completing high school as early as their freshman year.   Research shows that making these connections and providing support to high-risk students early in their high school career is more effective in improving graduation rates.

Stride helps students secure their futures by creating incentives to successfully graduate and move on to college. Participants in Stride will invest in their own futures, while giving back to the community through volunteer and internship opportunities.  They will obtain job skills that will help focus their interests as they pursue higher education opportunities.  Through volunteer work, they will gain essential life skills that will help make them feel like a contributing member of their community.  This approach provides a direct link between the investment that they are making in themselves and the reward of earning scholarship funds for college.  An essential, core life lesson is learned as a result.

Why Stride?
Stride’s most distinctive feature is that freshman high school students are given the opportunity to apply for a college scholarship, an opportunity ordinarily reserved for Juniors and Seniors.  It is a holistic program serving the complex needs of high school students.  By providing more than just a scholarship, Stride’s students are required to get involved in their community, begin thinking about their professional futures and work with mentors who can help them navigate these challenges.

How Do You Measure Stride’s Success?
The success of the program will be measured by Stride’s ability to increase the amount of student’s annually.  Additionally, Stride has achieved its goal when a freshman class of students completes four years of high school and graduates with acceptance into an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university.  Stride’s success is also dependent on its ability to raise the scholarship funds promised to each high school freshman Stride student.

Who Pays For Stride Operating Costs?
The Stride Foundation is supported by generous contributions from corporate and philanthropic organizations and individual donors.

Why Are You Raising Money?
All monies raised by Stride are used to pay for the operating costs of the Foundation as well as the student’s scholarships.

What Are You Looking For?
Stride is looking for individuals who have demonstrated a positive attitude about learning and enthusiasm for their education. High school grade point average is considered but is not solely the basis for selection.  Winners of the Stride Scholarship have been positive contributors to their schools and communities. They are the kinds of students who change the climate for the better. They are interested in issues of community and diversity.  We are looking for the students who have the perseverance and drive to make it in a competitive academic environment.

Who Is Eligible For A Stride Scholarship?
High school freshmen students attending Washington Irving High School in New York
City are eligible to apply for the Stride scholarship, giving them an achievement goal for the next four years.

Who Pays For The Scholarship?
Each Stride Scholar receives a four-year, partial-tuition college scholarship provided by Stride.

How Do I Apply?
Application and nomination for Stride Scholarships begin in August.  Enrollment is currently closed.  Contact stridefoundation@gmail.com for more information.

What is the Application Process?
Freshmen high school students at Washington Irving High School in New York City go through a formal application process for a scholarship award.  Stride leadership and Washington Irving faculty determine which students are most deserving and qualified for the program.  The students enrolled in Stride will receive their scholarships if they graduate on time with a satisfactory GPA, complete their internships successfully, and participate in the community outreach made possible by the program.

Do I Need to Keep a Minimum GPA to Keep the Scholarship?
There is no minimum GPA needed to be maintained by a Stride Scholar, but the Scholar should keep in mind that schoolwork should be well maintained and still looked upon with a high regard.

What Are the Requirements Once I Get the Scholarship?
Participants in Stride will invest in their own futures, while giving back to the community through volunteer and internship opportunities.  They will obtain job skills that will help focus their interests as they pursue higher education opportunities.  Through volunteer work, they will gain essential life skills that will help make them feel like a contributing member of their community.  This approach provides a direct link between the investment that they are making in themselves and the reward of earning scholarship funds for college.  An essential, core life lesson is learned as a result.  The following outlines the specific requirements of Stride Scholars:

Mandatory Community Outreach

  • Students accepted into the Stride program will be required to complete a certain amount of community service over the course of four years.
  • Stride will provide a variety of volunteer options from which students may choose.  Students may propose alternative volunteer activities that meet Stride’s criteria and are relevant to the students’ social and academic interests.

Internship

  • Stride will create a network of donors and supporters that will make summer internships available to students in the program.  Students must accept these or propose acceptable alternatives.

Mentorship

  • Each student will be appointed a mentor.  Mentors will be provided from the Stride donor community and beyond.  Their term is up to one semester – they will be encouraged to meet face to face with their student for a minimum of one time per month.

The Scholarship

  • Students are awarded scholarships upon successfully completing four years of high school and gaining entrance into college.

I Am A Parent/Guardian, How Can I Nominate My Student or Child?
A parent cannot directly nominate a student, but instead, the parent can have their student self-nominate themselves. The student would then email Stride and give his or her name and information.

What Does the Scholarship Cover?
The Stride Scholarship is a partial-tuition, four-year scholarship worth approximately $16,000. The scholarship does not cover room and board. The majority of our students apply for financial aid to cover these costs.

What Are Other Benefits I Get from Getting a Stride Scholarship?
Stride Scholars benefit from having a support network that will stay with them throughout the four years that they are in high school and beyond.

Are Stride Scholars Eligible To Receive Other Scholarships?
Stride Scholars are encouraged to apply for other types of aid.

How Can I Volunteer?
You can volunteer for Stride in a multitude of ways. Visit our Take Action page for more information.

Stride Foundation started in 2008. Its partner institution is Washington Irving High School in New York City, New York.  Chloe Kaplan Hall is Stride’s Founder and President.

To date, The Stride Foundation has recruited 2 Stride Scholars who have won $16,000 each for their college education.