Aspiring to Higher Education

The Dream Big Scholarships

Dream Big scholarship finalist Arefa Rahman (left) with our Patricia S. Machir scholar Rahi Mitra (center) and Barbara L. Christen scholar German Ortega (right) at Dream Big in 2021. Photo by Lily Kesselman Photography.

The Barbara L. Christen and
Patricia S. Machir Scholarships

Futures and Options awards college scholarships to exemplary high school seniors who have participated in Career Essentials, the Internship Program, and/or the Externship Experience. The Dream Big Scholarship Panel, comprised of Futures and Options Board and Advisory Council members, Junior Board members, staff, and alumni, seeks to honor young people who embody the six hallmarks of a Futures and Options student: communication, integrity, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and an interest in exploring careers. 

These college scholarships are named in honor of our founder, Dr. Barbara L. Christen, and former Executive Director Patricia S. Machir. Since 2012, Futures and Options has awarded more than $88,000 in college scholarships.

2021 Barbara L. Christen Scholar
German Ortega
2021 Patricia S. Machir Scholar
Rahi Mitra
2021 Dream Big Finalists
Aleandra Enoe
Arefa Rahman

2021 Voya Scholars

Voya Scholars is Voya’s higher education scholarship and career readiness program for students who have previously participated in a Voya Financial or Voya Foundation charitable program. We are incredibly proud that four Futures and Options students were named Voya Scholars this year, each of whom received a $10,000 scholarship for college.

Salvador Galvan
University of Michigan
Shahreen Haque
Fordham University
Yuki Lau
Baruch College
Nayancie Matthews
Baruch College

The Places They’re Going

Babson College
Barnard College
Baruch College
Binghamton University
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bronx Community College
Brooklyn College
Brown University
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
Colgate University
College of Staten Island
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Emory University
Farmingdale State College
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Hartwick College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Hofstra University
Hostos Community College
Howard University
Hunter College
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Kingsborough Community College
LaGuardia Community College
Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lehman College
Long Island University
Long Island University Brooklyn
Manhattan College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medgar Evers College
Mercy College
Monroe College
Montserrat College of Art
Morehouse College
Muhlenberg College
Nazareth College
New York City College of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Nova Southeastern University
Onondaga Community College
Pace University
Parsons School of Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Purchase College
Queens College
Queensborough Community College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University
SUNY Brockport
SUNY Delhi
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Morrisville
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Old Westbury
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Plattsburgh
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
Smith College
St. Francis College
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
The City College of New York
The Cooper Union
The New School
Tufts University
Tulane University
University at Albany
University at Buffalo
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of Wisconsin-Madison

FY2021 Annual Report

Futures and Options FY2021 Annual Report