Two of every five New Yorkers, and nearly 50% of households with children, can't buy fresh, affordable food close to home. (New York Community Experience Partnership)

Grand St. Settlement

Manhattan

Grand St. Settlement is a multi-service center with programs ranging from child care and Head Start services for young children, to meals and social services for senior citizens, with a strong focus on educational and employment services designed to promote independence.

Emily Menlo Marks Scholarship Program




UNH has supported member organization staff with scholarships for higher education since the early 1990s. Currently, UNH provides tuition assistance for applicants pursing a college degree or certificate.

The scholarship is named for UNH's former Executive Director, Emily Menlo Marks in honor of the extraordinary contributions she made to social justice and community building in New York City over the course of her career. The scholarship was developed to ensure that there is a next generation of leaders within UNH member organizations equipped to carry on her tradition of excellence.

UNH was able to offer 33 staff members from 16 UNH member organizations with scholarships to help them continue their education. From 2012 through Spring 2015, 200 UNH member staff received the EMM Scholarship.


See the list of colleges scholarship recipients have attended.

Most scholarship recipients are attending four-year colleges or universities:

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Asuba Men Maa

Asuba Men Maa, a Head Start teacher at Union Settlement Association in East Harlem, is improving learning outcomes for the low-income and special needs pre-school children in his program. With UNH’s scholarship help, Asuba completed his bachelor’s degree and is now finishing his master’s in Special Education. Asuba is especially proud that he will be the first man in his family to complete graduate level education, and he has already moved from a classroom aide to a head teacher. His work focuses on literacy, and he has been able to improve his assessment of the children, many of whom come from homes where English is a second language. “I see the results. I am better able to draw out the neediest children, to give them the opportunity to learn to their potential and, I hope, to give them a real head start in life.”

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