Muni Forum of N.Y. unveils giving campaign for ULF scholarships

BY SourceMedia | MUNICIPAL | 11/29/21 10:51 AM EST By Chip Barnett

The Municipal Forum of New York has launched a ?Giving Tuesday? campaign, urging its members to individually support the Urban Leadership Fellows internship and scholarship programs.

There are four ULF scholarship funds to which individuals may donate. They include the Robert Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Carey Gabay Education Fund, the Ned Flynn Community Service Scholarship Fund and the Alan Anders Scholarship Fund.

The Forum has sponsored the ULF program since 1992. It provides paid summer internships in municipal finance to deserving high school graduates in New York City and college scholarships.

Since its inception, more than 800 students have participated in the ULF program, with many going on to careers in municipal finance.

The students come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. In recent years, about two-thirds of the program?s graduates lived in low-income communities across the city.

Besides running the internship program for 30 interns this year with support from sponsoring member organizations, the Forum also provided scholarship awards to 53 past ULF interns.

The Forum relies on contributions from its member organizations and individuals.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the Forum?s annual dinner this year and in 2020, which was its main fundraising event. So, it says, the ?Giving Tuesday? campaign this year is especially important to keep the programs going.

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