The Inner City Scholarship Fund hosted 27 Jimmy Lee Scholarship Fund recipients for an orientation, speaker program and reception at Cathedral High School in Manhattan Sept. 15.
The Jimmy Lee Fund awards up to $4,000 in tuition assistance for income-eligible, high-performing students who play an organized sport at an inner-city Catholic high school in the archdiocese.
An endowment was started by the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in memory of Jimmy Lee, a former vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., with the help of a $1 million donation from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. The fund has grown to $3.1 million due to investment gains and additional contributions.
Betty Lee, the widow of Jimmy Lee, spoke with students and parents about the elements of the program, which began assisting students in 2015.
The student-athletes are Amanda Bonet, St. Jean Baptiste High School, Manhattan; Jose Correa and Jonathan Ramos, Mount St. Michael Academy, the Bronx; Aeisha Bernard and Audrey Mendez, St. Catharine Academy, the Bronx; Ayanah McCabe, Leean Juan, Rashad Abubakari, Tamea Beckford-Hutchinson, Tiana Beckford-Hutchinson, Shanaya Elliot, Saskia Ivery and Rio Storm Lawrence, Cardinal Spellman High School, the Bronx; Brianna Nunez and Emily Gonzalez, St. Raymond Academy for Girls, the Bronx; D’Anthony Romaine, Melvin Garcia and Taeen Jidaan, Cardinal Hayes High School, the Bronx; Johan Bueno, Mahamoud Corrado and Jaaliyah DeBouse, All Hallows High School, the Bronx; Steven Fernandez, St. Raymond High School for Boys, the Bronx; David Torres, Msgr. Scanlan High School, the Bronx; Blerentina Krasniqi, Academy of Mount St. Ursula, the Bronx; Fabian A. Polonia and Xavier Guzman, La Salle Academy, Manhattan; and Luz Perez, Aquinas High School, the Bronx.
Mahamoud Corrado, Luz Perez, Jaaliyah DeBouse, Audrey Mendez, Rio Storm Lawrence, Xavier Guzman, Saskia Ivery, Shanaya Elliot, and Tamea and Tiana Beckford-Hutchinson are new scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 school year.