Congratulations to Alray Scholars Program (officially the Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship) for their recent move to Partner Level in our Quality Based Membership program. Located in Boston, The Alray Scholars Program is a grassroots nonprofit that fulfills a critical but otherwise unmet need in the Boston area. Combining scholarships with one-on-one mentoring, Alray helps graduates of Boston Public Schools who started but stopped college return to higher education to earn their degree. Alray mentors serve as trusted advisors, helping students develop critical academic and life skills, identify resources, make positive decisions and complete degrees.
The organization was founded in memory of Alray Taylor, who grew up in Boston's Mission Hill neighborhood. After graduating from high school, Alray attended the University of New Hampshire, but felt unprepared and soon transferred to a smaller college. Not long after, Alray's parents both died, and he left college to help care for his younger siblings. Back in Boston, Alray gained a deeper appreciation for college and planned to re-enroll. However, his plans fell short when he was shot in broad daylight in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. His tragic and untimely death left an impact on his community.
The Alray Scholars Program was founded to honor his memory by assisting promising students in overcoming many of the same hurdles that Alray faced during his short but meaningful life.
Program Director Janet Altman spoke about the process of becoming a partner program and how it will impact the Alray Scholars Program, calling it transformative. She said, "The constructive and dedicated support we received from Nate Baum, Manager of Training and Technical Assistance at MMP, allowed us to better structure and formalize our mentoring component of the program. This effort has resulted in providing the Alray Scholars Program with the necessary tools to more effectively recruit, screen, train, match, and support our mentors. As our program continues to grow, our partnership with MMP also made us realize the importance of formalizing and structuring other aspects of our program. The Alray Scholars Program is very thankful and fortunate to be part of the Partner program with MMP."
We are proud and excited to partner with an organization that does such important work.