Bishop Maginn students help choose scholarship recipients

ALBANY — The Bishop Maginn High School Youth Philanthropy Council says grant applications are being accepted for nonprofit organizations in Albany County. Applicants can request up to $2,500 for projects focused on health, arts, poverty alleviation and education.

A grant of just under $7,500 from the Diocese of Albany Higher Learning Program was used to establish the council for this school year alone.

The BMHS Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) is a student-led program that offers students the opportunity to become leaders in their community by learning about community needs, real-world issues, and philanthropy. Four students in the program will decide which applicants will receive the scholarships.

“The Bishop Maginn Youth Philanthropy Council is a great way to teach students about philanthropy, while empowering them to use their voice to make a difference,” said program facilitator Rebecca Bliss.

Being student-led means that students become members of the council and become familiar with the grant process in order to review applications. After applying to join the board in October, members were off to a flying start after their Christmas break.

“Students spent several weeks learning about different types of nonprofits and the grantmaking process,” Bliss said. “They’re excited to put what they’ve learned to good use by giving at least one nonprofit the opportunity to complete a project that will impact Albany County.”

The deadline to apply for a grant is May 23. Board members will review the nominations and choose the winning nonprofits. The funds will be awarded on June 27.

Anyone interested in applying for the YPC grant can visit and download the grant application. For more information, email [email protected]

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