Medaille Announces Scholarship Support for Riverside Students

Medaille College administrators celebrate the Medaille-Riverside Scholarchip programBy Kevin Bates 

On April 19, Medaille announced the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Change at Riverside High School, part of an ongoing commitment to supporting the Buffalo Public Schools and the work being done by organizations like the Northwest Buffalo Community Center to revitalize the Riverside-Black Rock neighborhood.

Nearly 80 local leaders, community representatives, and Riverside High School staff took part in a celebration at the school, at which Medaille announced that it will provide up to $450,000 in scholarships to Riverside High School graduates who attend Medaille, starting in fall 2014.

On the heels of April’s announcement of increased collaboration, Medaille hosted more than 40 Riverside students enrolled in the Academy for Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ACE) for a week-long camp entitled, “Environmental Entrepreneurs: Developing Urban Micro-Parks.” Throughout the week, students worked in teams to develop scaled-down business plans, which were presented on June 29 to a panel of community business leaders who provided feedback to the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Among those community leaders present were: Lavon Stephens ’05 ’07, administrative director at Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium; Joseph E. Wolfson, CEO, Health Transaction Network and member of the College’s board of trustees; Philip L. Wiggle, adjunct professor at Medaille College; and Laurie Mahoney, president of Junior Achievement of Western New York.

The following week, nearly 40 Riverside students travelled to Medaille’s Buffalo Campus to attend workshops with themes that varied from resume building and managing your first paycheck to exploring career options at a job fair. Beyond large-scale campus events, Medaille is also sponsoring four Riverside students in collaboration with Mayor Byron Brown’s Summer Youth Workforce initiative and has plans for countless more collaborative endeavors with Riverside High School and other community partners in the future.

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