Success Stories

Cordell Grant Inspires Younger Students to Set Goals

2013 Graduate SUNY Cortland

 "As a recent graduate, I strongly advocate for higher education and equal opportunities. It is imperative that every student or scholar have... (more)

2013 College Graduate Jakia Durham Sets Her Sites on Law School!

Jakia Durham, 2013 Graduate from Syracuse University

"Now that I have graduated from SU, I plan to work hard and save money, while studying for the LSAT, which I plan to take later this summer or... (more)

2013 College Graduate Amber Jackson Says 'Thanks' Say Yes!

Amber Jackson, 2013 Graduate, Hobart and William Smith College.

"I could talk all day about my double major degree from Hobart and William Smith, with honors, but I think I'd be missing a really huge point.... (more)

Kevin Delaney, First Niagara

Kevin DelaneyA Syracuse native, Corcoran High School and LeMoyne College graduate and now Director of Risk Management for First Niagara.

When I was in high school there were no programs available to help college bound students pay for college outside of scholarships. Today... (more)

Imani Williams, Say Yes Scholar, Captures the Gold!

ImaniCongratulations to Imani Williams, Corcoran graduate and Say Yes Scholar class of 2015, who attends Binghamton University.   Imani became the first BU diver ever to win a gold medal at the 2013 American East Championships in Orono, ME Feb. 14-17. She is also the first BU diver to win two medals at Championships (bronze medal on 1 meter board), and captured the all-time record on the 3 meter board with a total score of 272.80. Way to go Imani!


Say Yes Scholar: Vasiliy Pechenyy

Syracuse University

Say Yes has opened doors in my life and with it many opportunities. It's providing me with a quality education from an amazing school and for that I... (more)

Say Yes Scholar: Larisa Pechenyy

Syracuse University

Say Yes, to me, it means much more than the context of those words. It means a dream come true to immigrating parents seeking opportunities for... (more)

Say Yes Scholar: Vivian Ho

SUNY Geneseo

Say Yes has definitely made it possible for students such as me to want to reach far above and beyond academically. It is nice to know that such a... (more)

Say Yes Scholar: Kimberly Mann

Onondaga Community College 

The value and impact that Say Yes has on my life is that Say Yes gives you the opportunity to have support after you graduate from the high schools... (more)

Say Yes Scholar: Jaquiel Ash

Monroe Community College, Class of 2012

Being given an opportunity through the Say Yes to Education scholarship fund, I took my chance in the city of Rochester. Attending Monroe Community... (more)