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Breaking the Cycle: Alumnus Expands Access to Pre-College Starting with his Hometown

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(Left to Right) Jack Cavanaugh, 戈尔曼索菲娅, 约翰Liporace, 萨德弗茨, and 凯拉•查普曼 at the Hoosick Falls High School football field. Story photos by Carlo de Jesus/bet亚洲365欢迎投注.
 

10月16日, 2023 — As a proud bet亚洲365欢迎投注 alumnus, 约翰Liporace ’88 has channeled his passion and determination into making a difference in the lives of others. 为 over 15 years, he has been running his own nonprofit, JLS基金会, which is dedicated to providing college scholarships to high school students in financial need who come from his hometown of Hoosick Falls, 纽约. The work of the foundation, named after his late father, 约翰Liporace Sr., was a way to give back to a town that has given so much to him.

As a first-generation college student himself, Liporace was inspired by his father and his bet亚洲365欢迎投注 experience, which started in the 1980s when he first arrived on campus, and continues to this day. His bet亚洲365欢迎投注 experience inspired him to be civic-minded and also propelled him to a very successful career as a Managing Partner at Taylor, a leading consumer marketing communications agency in 纽约 City.

A Focus on First-Generation College Students

“I wanted to give back,利波拉斯说. “I felt like t在这里 was something more I could be doing by trying to find students that needed and deserved my help the most. Everything I’ve read about first-generation students, and if you help them get through college and into a career and it can really break what is sometimes a cycle of poverty. So, it’s a worthy cause.”

Image of 约翰Liporace ’88 by his old locker at Hoosick Falls High School.

约翰Liporace ’88 by his old locker at Hoosick Falls High School.

While already engaged in valuable efforts to provide financial assistance to students in need for their college education, Liporace aspired to expand his impact. 今年夏天, he enabled four deserving prospective first-generation college students with financial need, 来自Hoosick Falls, to participate in pre-college classes at his alma mater, bet亚洲365欢迎投注. These scholarships weren’t solely about financial support; they symbolized a commitment to breaking the cycle for deserving students facing financial constraints and unlocking doors to a brighter future and a generational impact.

“Research shows that helping first-generation students, especially those with significant financial need, to get through college and into a thriving career, is one of the most effective ways to promote economic and social mobility,利波拉斯说. “If we can get first-generation students through college and into those careers, it’s mobility that typically lasts for generations.”

Image of students at Hoosick Falls High School.

(Left to Right) 戈尔曼索菲娅, 萨德弗茨, 凯拉•查普曼, and Jack Cavanaugh at Hoosick Falls High School.

A Unique Pre-College Student Experience

Hoosick Falls is a small town w在这里 opportunity could seem far away, and for some of these students, it was their first time being away from home for an extended period of time.

“Pre-college was a trip! I thought it was going to be the longest two weeks of my life and I wish it was longer,索菲亚·戈尔曼说, Hoosick Falls student who took a creative writing course during Pre-College at bet亚洲365欢迎投注. “我玩得很开心. I feel the experience at bet亚洲365欢迎投注 helped me focus this year and gave me something to drive for towards the end of the school year.”

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Jack Cavanaugh (far right) learns about the high-tech mannequins in the Simulation Lab during a Pre-Health class at Summer Pre-College.

“远离家乡, it wasn’t easy at first but I feel like it really prepared me to be more confident for my freshman year at college,“杰克·卡瓦诺, Hoosick Falls student who took a pre-health课程 during Pre-College at bet亚洲365欢迎投注. “为 someone considering Pre-College, I would say definitely go. It was a great opportunity to experience something a lot of kids don’t get to experience.”

“The class I took was really challenging, but I learned a lot. I liked that it got me into the medical field,“萨德·菲茨, Hoosick Falls student who also took a pre-health课程 during Pre-College at bet亚洲365欢迎投注. “T在这里 were people from different medical fields that came in so you were exposed to a lot. I’m now considering more of a physician’s assistant track as opposed to nursing.”

Image of students learning about athletic emergency health procedures during a Pre-Health class at Summer Pre-College.

萨德弗茨 (second from right) learns about athletic emergency health procedures during a Pre-Health class at Summer Pre-College.

“I got to see what colleges are really like and it made me think about a lot of things I didn’t even consider before,凯拉·查普曼说, Hoosick Falls student who took a 游戏设计课程 during Pre-College at bet亚洲365欢迎投注. “I really liked being able to get away from everything for a while and I enjoyed seeing new things and meeting new people. It made me step out of my comfort zone. I was super nervous doing it, but it was so worth it.

继续支持

The support continues for these four Hoosick Falls students through Liporace’s foundation. They are also receiving college search mentorship and when they enter college, will also be provided no-cost tutoring during their first year. It was an idea that would further level the playing field for first-generation students, ensuring they had the support needed to excel academically.

Image of 约翰Liporace visiting with the students at Hoosick Falls High School.
约翰Liporace visits with the students at Hoosick Falls High School. 


A Pilot Program That Will Grow

This was a pilot scholarship program for Liporace. While he plans to continue to make it possible for a handful of Hoosick Falls students to attend bet亚洲365欢迎投注 Pre-College each year, he is also planning to expand his program to include other deserving high school students from around the northeast.

“I am building a network of public college prep schools that are in underserved communities w在这里 we know t在这里’s a high population of first-generation students and we’re going to work with those schools to find those first-gen students that fit our qualifications. I was thinking about what types of support that first-generation students could use and I think that a pre-college program is built for (it), because they typically don’t have parents at home that can tell them about the college experience.”

对于Liporace, breaking the cycle for those with financial need and providing opportunities for first-generation college students has become a lifelong mission. Reflecting on his own college experience, Liporace says bet亚洲365欢迎投注 has been instrumental in shaping his values and his commitment to giving back.

bet亚洲365欢迎投注 played an important role as well in helping me appreciate the value of a college education, that my parents did not have,利波拉斯说. “I think about the bet亚洲365欢迎投注 Brothers and that they were founded with the goal to help educate young people, especially the ones who were less fortunate so this feels very much in the spirit of bet亚洲365欢迎投注.”

As for the students, they are filled with both gratitude and excitement about what lies ahead.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” 凯拉•查普曼 added. “My family doesn’t have a lot of extra money, so I never would have been able to do something like this otherwise.”

Image of 约翰Liporace and students.

(Left to Right) Jack Cavanaugh, 戈尔曼索菲娅, 约翰Liporace, 萨德弗茨, and 凯拉•查普曼 in front of the Hoosick Falls High School.

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