On Point for College Utica to host virtual celebration

UTICA — On Point for College provides students with comprehensive services that help them overcome barriers to empower their success and fulfill their potential, seeking to help students change their lives and fulfill career dreams through college, certificate programs, apprenticeships and other pathways.

On Point for College Utica has been honoring star students and partners since 2013, helping more than 1,800 first-generation Utica area adults overcome obstacles to their success. More than 800 students have already graduated with the help of On Point for College in the Utica region with several hundred more currently in various schools.

To celebrate these successes, On Point for College will host a virtual event at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The link to the 2022 On Point for College Utica Adirondack Bank Celebration will be: onpointforcollege.org/celebration, and on 95.5FM The Heat Phoenix Radio.


Awards will be given to the following honorees:

SUNY Poly Educational Opportunity Program Director Melissa Prest will receive the Campus Angel Award, which is given to an individual at a college or university who has gone above and beyond to help On Point’s first-generation, lower-income students overcome challenges and empower their success.

Frank Giotto and the Tower Foundation will receive the Foundation of Hope Awards, which are given to organizations and individuals who have effectively partnered to positively help change our students lives and communities. Giotto has served on the On Point Utica Steering Committee for several years and helped many On Point for College students and others most in need through his Tower Foundation.

Jacqueline Nelson, NAACP Rome Chapter president will receive the Make a Difference Award, which is given to an individual whose work has made a difference in the lives of On Point students. “Jackie is an amazing leader, On Point for College Rome champion, and caring partner for On Point for College as well as others in need,” the announcement said.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Racial Justice and Social Equity Fund, the Foundation’s Director of Community Engagement Olivia Paul and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees Chair Judge Jawwaad Rasheed will receive the Dream Maker Award, which is given to organizations and individual leaders who, through their leadership, investments and collaboration, have helped make the educational and career dreams of our students come true.

“On Point for College Utica has helped hundreds of young people and continues to change lives through educational opportunities,” said Alicia Fernandez Dicks, president/CEO of the Community Foundation. “On behalf of our board and staff, I want to thank On Point for recognizing Jawwaad and Olivia and our continuing work as an organization aimed at building a vibrant region with opportunity for all.”

On Point for College Utica is dedicated to developing programs and cultivating relationships to change the lives of traditional and non-traditional, 17- to 29-year-old students by breaking down barriers through access to training, college and careers for success in life.

On Point for College works with students from application to graduation and beyond, making higher education accessible to youth who have the desire and the will, but who feel college and other post-secondary opportunities are out of reach due to economic, academic and other barriers.

Supporters help On Point for College fulfill its mission to help future students succeed and the following supporter levels are available: $65 College Admission Supporter; $100 Internet Access Supporter; $250 Textbooks Supporter; and $500 Student Laptop Supporter.

For more information call Kevin Marken at 315-454-7293 or to make your donation go online to: www.onpointforcollege.org/celebration.

Sponsors of the virtual celebration include: Adirondack Bank, Herkimer College, the Heat Phoenix Radio, PJ Green Printing, and WFXV 33 Eyewitness News.

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