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McBurney YMCA - Washington Irving High School

  • Romana Ryals
  • Program Director
  • 212-674-5000

Program Description

The YMCA's Rowe Scholars program proactively challenges the mass inequity in college application, matriculation and achievement for low-income New York City students from underrepresented backgrounds. We engage scholars in the comprehensive curriculum and year-round opportunities that are necessary to develop the skills and knowledge it takes to succeed in college. We believe that it takes more than just a complete application to succeed in college. We work with each scholar on developing student-specific goals and skills, such as the ability to follow up, think critically, be resourceful and self-advocate. In addition to these necessary skills we work with each student on: -100% FAFSA completion (for eligible students) - SAT prep - Research and reflection on best fit and college choice - Scholarship access and awareness - Connection to in-college opportunity programs and resources - Financial aid literacy and advocacy - Understanding the full college application process - Summer internships - Connection to the wide YMCA alumni network - Team-building and positive peer leadership - Understanding the role of failure in success

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • American University (1)
  • College of Staten Island CUNY (1)
  • CUNY Bernard M Baruch College (1)
  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (1)
  • CUNY Brooklyn College (1)
  • CUNY City College (1)
  • CUNY Hunter College (1)
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1)
  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College (1)
  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College (1)
  • CUNY Medgar Evers College (1)
  • CUNY New York City College of Technology
  • CUNY York College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (1)
  • Ithaca College (1)
  • Pace University
  • SUNY at Albany (1)
  • SUNY Buffalo State (1)
  • SUNY College of Technology at Delhi (1)
  • The New School (1)
  • University at Buffalo (1)