Prep for Prep was established in 1978, and selects New York City’s most promising students of color and prepares them for placement into top independent schools. For the past thirty years, 150 low-income New York fifth-and-seventh grade children are selected from a public school and placed into a fourteen-month preparation course, as well as given a full scholarship for top schools such as Brearley, Trinity and Collegiate.


Thus far, thousands of students of the Prep for Prep community have excelled both academically and professionally. The students selected come from modest socioeconomic classes and represent all ethic groups, and have assumed leadership roles in their careers and community. After completing the fourteen-month program, students receive continued support and service for their academic development into their college years.

Currently, 91% of Prep for Prep’s 2,500 college graduates has earned their degrees from universities all around the country. 36% have earned a degree from an Ivy League school, such as Penn, Yale, and Columbia. Top employers hiring these excellent grads are American Express, Columbia University, J.P. Morgan and NBCUniversal. The most attended graduate school was New York University, followed by Columbia and Harvard.

Most recently, Nuha Saho, a Bronx resident who completed the Prep for Prep program received the top distinction at Choate’s Rosemary Hall Commencement, the Seal Prize, for his outstanding contribution to the school. Said Saho of the honor, “I wholeheartedly believe that Prep has been and will continue to be the driving force in all of my successes; it has given me the foundation to fully foster my intellectual and personal potential.”

This is just one success story of many that Prep for Prep has nurtured with help from the generous support of its Board of Trustees.  Peg Sullivan of Morgan Stanley, Daniel Loeb of Third Point and Valentino D. Carlotti of Goldman Sachs, along with other dedicated supporters for Prep for Prep have made it possible to empower children in New York for decades.

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