Helen M. McLoraine Opportunity Scholarship

This scholarship program was created to provide educational scholarships for individuals who have had to face extraordinary or challenging circumstances, have actively taken steps to improve their lives, and are committed to advancing their education. This program is open to clients and former clients of select nonprofit agencies.


  • Be a client, or former client, of one of the seventeen nonprofit organizations participating in the program. Former clients must have received services within fifteen years of the application deadline. Participating organizations include: select Boys and Girls Clubs, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Emily Krzyzewski Center, Escuela De Guadalupe, Figure Skating in Harlem, Mount Saint Vincent Home, On Our Own, PHAMALY, Urban Peak, Warren Village, and WINGS Foundation.
  • Complete the criteria for the organization’s services/support received by the application deadline. For a list of the specific criteria, please click here.
  • Enrolled or will begin studies at an accredited post-secondary school in the United States and/or be planning to study full-time or part-time for the upcoming academic year.


Scholarships will be awarded once a year through a competitive process based on: 

  • academics 
  • essay(s) 
  • financial need 

Additional information

Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution and may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other required educational expenses for the upcoming academic year.

Automatic renewals for this scholarship do not take place, nor is awarding guaranteed because a recipient received the award previously. A student may re-apply for the opportunity if they have previously been awarded. Recipients have a maximum of four years to receive funding. Awards may be used for part-time or full-time undergraduate study.  

Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship policies of a recipient’s college or university. Awards must be used for the upcoming academic year.