- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
LocationPO Box 960400Boston, MA 02196 United States
The Alray Scholars Program envisions a day when all Boston students will have access to the financial, academic, and emotional support they need to enroll in college, graduate, and be economically self-sufficient. To that end, we give students a second chance at college through scholarships, mentoring, and career services. We help students who suffered setbacks on their first try at college with building a support system and overcoming hurdles to earn their degrees. To date, Alray has supported 68 students with crossing the finish line to earn their college degrees, and ultimately, attain rewarding careers.
Alray Scholars (www.alray.org) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that fundraises to provide scholarships to Boston public high school graduates who have left college, but who are committed to returning to school to obtain their college degree. Alray Scholars also matches scholarship recipients with mentors who meet regularly with the students to guide, advise and encourage them.
The fund is designed to help meet a need highlighted in the book THE ASSIST: Hoops, Hope, and The Game of Their Lives by Neil Swidey. One of the book’s central themes is that while urban students can often reach great heights, thanks to their own talents and the support of dedicated people around them, they are usually afforded far fewer second chances when things don’t go as planned.
The scholarship is named after Alray Taylor, a warm-hearted former basketball star at Boston’s Charlestown High School and Division I college scholarship athlete whose life was tragically cut short in 2006.