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STEAM Education Fundraiser is a Success in New Rochelle

Updated: May 25, 2023

Sister to Sister International, Inc. provides sholarships for graduating seniors from area

high schools for over 10 years


New Rochelle, NY, 5/7/2023 – On May 7, 2023 Sister to Sister International Hosted the annual Pre-Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch and Hat Parade to benefit our Reach for the Stars Scholarship Fund. Special Guest MC for the occasion, Supreme Court Judge Janet Malone. Congressman Jamaal Bowman presented special recognition to the Hon. Pearl C. Quarles, the first African-American woman to serve as Westchester County Legislator. The event was well attended by various elected officials from Westchester County including NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Hon. Pearl C. Quarles, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Deputy County Executive Kenneth Jenkins, Mt. Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and Westchester County Executive Director of Human Rights Commission Delores Scott Brathwaite; Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Judges Verris B. Shako and Karen T. Beltran. Legislators Christopher A. Johnson, Terry Downes Clements, and Yadira Ramos-Herbert. Previous scholarship awardees; Sayidana Brannan Douglas, Khadyja Sarr, and Jordanne Lewis provided testimonies explaining their journey being part of the STSI STEAM program and how it has greatly benefited their career trajectory as adults. All attended the Inaugural STEM Camp in 2010 and have since secured Master Degrees.

Also featured was a new college student and our current STEAM Program Consultant, both of whom have benefitted from the STSI experience Jhinelle Walker and Leah Townsend Brown.


The annual “Reach for the Stars” College Scholarship has provided graduating seniors in Westchester County college scholarships for the last 20 years. Black women and girls are breaking down barriers and reaching their full potential in Westchester County where there is a thirst for equity and inclusion while confronting systemic racism. We must continue to create educational opportunities for our young people in order to create wealth and improve our financial trajectory, now and for the future.


Sister to Sister is now accepting Scholarships and encourage black females in Westchester to apply. See qualifications and instructions to apply here. Click Here


View photos of the event. Click Here

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