Parent Advisory Board Meeting: Thursday, 4/20/2017

Dear Parents:

The next meeting of the Parent Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm in Queens Borough Hall located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY – 2nd Floor Conference Room. We will host a workshop open to all Queens parents and educators on “the college admission process and how to fund your child’s college education”. This workshop will feature presentations from several guest speakers:

Dr. Guillermo Linares – President; New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) will speak about the 529 College Savings Plan, Governor Cuomo’s NYS Loan Forgiveness Program, and the proposed Excelsior Scholarship for tuition-free college education at New York State public universities (SUNY and CUNY).

Meylin Andares – Director of Enrollment Management & Student Success; State University of NY (SUNY) will speak on the SUNY admission process, financial aid, & the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Clare Norton – University Director of Admission; City University of NY (CUNY) will speak on the CUNY admission process, financial aid, & the SEEK and College Discovery Programs.

Shameek Robinson – Director of K12, NY State, and District Partnerships; The College Board will speak about the importance of the SAT exam, the SAT score, and how to find free or low cost classes to prepare for the SAT exam. Michael Athy – Principal; Bayside High School will speak on taking college credit during high school, matching the right college to the students’ interests, finding appropriate scholarships & financial aid, and financial assistance for students.

Susan Shiroma – Senior Social Sector Librarian; The Foundation Center Will speak about private grants & scholarships.

The Parent Advisory Board meeting will help clarify the college admissions process for parents, and offer guidance on how your child can apply for grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid that can help cover the cost of attending college. This will be a very important and informative meeting that you will not want to miss. Please share this email invite (and invitation attached above) with other parents from your school. Please RSVP via email at or via phone at 718-286-2850.


All the best,

Monica Gutierrez

Education Director

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

(718) 286-2627

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