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Scholarship Help to Support Education


A solid educational foundation can open doors throughout a student’s life. Unfortunately, systemic and financial barriers can often stand in the way of quality education for some of New York City’s brightest minds.

The First in Family Fund is a scholarship funding company that aims to remove and reduce these barriers for immigrant families in NYC. We support students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education, providing top-tier services from Kweller Prep at little to no cost. Kweller Prep programs also offer support for students entering and graduating from New York City’s most competitive high schools.

Kweller Prep’s founder, Frances Kweller, Esq., drew on her own experiences as a first-generation student when developing her competitive preparatory programs. Kweller desires to “fill the gaps” and remove barriers to education by providing scholarship support to students through the First in Family Fund.

However, we can’t do this alone. The cost to send one student through a complete college prep program is between $5,000-$10,000. The support of First in Family Fund donors allows us to provide an increasing number of scholarships for deserving students.

The First in Family Fund utilizes a variety of nonprofit fundraising strategies, including generous donations from sponsors, digital crowdfunding campaigns, and more. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are compliant with all relevant fundraising laws in New York State. As a First in Family Fund donor, you can be confident that your tax-deductible donation will directly support expanding students’ access to tutoring, mentoring, and preparation for highly competitive college entrance exams.

If you’d like to further support First in Family Fund initiatives, please visit our nonprofit fundraising resources guide, attend one of our events, or contact us directly for more information about donations and opportunities to become involved.

Apply Now

Are you a first generation college student whose parents immigrated to NYC? Apply to be part of our First in Family Fund scholarship program.

Plan a Visit

Parents and students who would like to learn more about Kweller Prep and the First in Family Fund are welcome to visit us in our Queens or Westhampton Locations.

“While everyone focused on boosting the weakest students, Americas smartest children are no longer being pushed to do their best.” — Source: WSJ Article 08/20/15 “The Bright Students Left Behind”

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