You respond to society’s call when you apply for college or other higher education options – but you struggle to pay tuition and buy the basic college and

room essentials. We are here to help you acquire the basic essentials! Join the College and Room Essentials (C.A.R.E.) Initiative by applying to receive a

care package. If selected you we will award you with a care package that includes school supplies, bedding, toiletries and other essential items.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  1. You must have an acceptance letter to begin college, a trade school or self-directed program (i.e. Gap Year program, etc.) in Fall 2019. This letter must be submitted with the C.A.R.E. application or by May 13, 2019, extended to May 30, 2019
  2. If selected you will receive over $400 worth of supplies, bedding and school supplies.
  3. Applications will be accepted from April 1, 2019 – May 13, 2019, extended to May 30, 2019. The application deadline is 11:59 pm on May 30, 2019.
  4. You must have an economic need. If you find the cost of tuition, housing and books are creating a burden for you and your family, APPLY!
  5. We look for short, impactful essays with 250 words or less. We select students based on the quality of your essay.
  6. If selected, you must participate in the 2 day, 6-hour Higher Education Suitcase series focused on time and financial management, the power of networking and setting goals for the future. 

Selection Process:

Students are selected based on the quality of their essays. You will receive the selection call by early June 2019.

Questions: Contact us at 518-207-0209 or email


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