A team of NYU undergraduate won for Knowledge Access Initiative (KAI), which provides low-income high school students with support during the financial aid process.


A social-change initiative developed by a team of New York University undergraduate students to help improve college access for low-income high school students has been selected as Best Overall Venture in the 2013-14 NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge (CmC).

The student team’s prize includes an award of up to $10,000 and high-value, technical assistance to expand this summer its social entrepreneurial venture, Knowledge Access Initiative. Members of the team include Faria Mardhani (College of Arts and Science), Kathleen McClure (College of Arts and Science), Srishti Nath (College of Arts and Science), and Ryan Thomas (College of Arts and Science).

Knowledge Access Initiative (KAI) uses counseling and mentoring to provide low income students with information, resources and support during the financial aid process. The goal is to improve college access for low income students, to make higher education in New York City more equitable, and to promote fairness of opportunity for all students regardless of their financial situation. KAI was founded on the principle that higher education is fundamental to social and economic development and that no student should be prevented from attaining a college degree because of economic barriers.

In addition to announcing the Best Overall Venture award, NYU Reynolds also acknowledges the 2014 CmC seed grant recipient, The Creative Cycle. Believing that every child deserves the benefits of a well-stocked arts classroom, the Creative Cycle will supply teachers with the art supplies their classrooms need, while connecting artists with communities through charitable engagement.

A description of all the finalists for the Best Overall Venture award can be read at http://www.nyu.edu/reynolds/changemaker/venture_teams.html.

Now in its seventh year, the Changemaker Challenge invites all NYU undergraduate students who want to change the world to compete for $1,000 maximum seed grants and a Grand Prize of up to $10,000.


The Changemaker Challenge will continue in the 2014-15 academic year and is open to
New York University undergraduate students in teams of two members or more. Ventures developed by student teams can be any student-created, student-led organization, program or business that benefits the community and has a measurable, positive, social impact. For profit, non-profit and hybrid ventures are eligible. Ventures must be completely new initiatives or a major new initiative of an existing organization (ventures that have received funding from NYU Reynolds and/or Youth Venture in the past are not eligible). For details, visit http://www.nyu.edu/reynolds/changemaker.

About NYU Reynolds:
The NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship nurtures, recognizes, and supports the emerging field of social entrepreneurship across the University and beyond. It was created and is supported by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. For more information, please visit http://www.nyu.edu/reynolds/index.flash.html.

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