Per Scholas raises $125K in Most Successful Fundraiser Ever

The New Beginnings fundraiser raised $125,900 for Per Scholas this holiday season. A record amount–and $50,000 more than 2013. Thank you.

These donations represent friends, volunteers, alumni, board and staff who gave generously and helped us spread the word about our work. The result is enough funds to train nearly 20 individuals for a life-changing career in technology. On average a student comes into Per Scholas with a personal income of $7,000 annually. The average starting salary of a Per Scholas graduate is nearly $30,000. That’s life-changing impact.

“Before I came to Per Scholas, I was working in retail, making nearly nothing. I knew I needed a change. I was always fascinated with technolgy because technology is part of everything we do….I am very grateful and I want to thank you for this life-changing opportunity.” – Vanessa Williams, NY IT-Ready Cycle 16

A very special thank you to the Per Scholas Board of Directors and regional advisory board members who generously pledged to match every dollar raised up to $30,000–which was a success!

To all who donated, thank you from everyone–staff and students. 2014 was an amazing year, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

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