Our mission is "...to assist economically disadvantaged young men and women to complete high school and graduate from college."
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Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS) is a seven-year-old 501c3 corporation formed by local residents, the Saratoga Springs City School District, Skidmore College and the Saratoga Mentoring Program. Its purpose is to assist financially disadvantaged students who are academically capable of achieving their dream of going to college.
SSAS selects 10 freshmen from the Saratoga Springs City School District each year and provides them with mentors, academic tutoring, PSAT and SAT training and other help with college preparation during their last three years of high school and yearly cash stipends in college.
SSAS currently has 34 young scholars in the high school part of the program. An average of 60% of them make honor roll or high honor roll every semester. All of the SSAS students in the first five graduating classes have been accepted to college. Many are the first in their families to do so.