For Students

Students in Say Yes communities have access to a range of supports and services while they are in elementary, middle and high school – as well as, ultimately, to scholarships to college and other post-secondary programs. You can learn more by clicking on the link to your community chapter.


Say Yes Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, and sometimes additional fees, at in-state public institutions (such as the SUNY or CUNY systems in New York State) as well at the more than 120 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact. For information on eligibility and on partner institutions, click on the link to the scholarship page of your community chapter.


Depending on your chapter, the range of supports and services offered by Say Yes and its partners in your community might include tutoring and after-school programming; medical and mental health counseling; guidance on the college admissions and financial aid process, and free legal assistance. Click on your community’s chapter site to learn more.

Meet Our Scholars

Syracuse, NY


Over its 30-plus year history, Say Yes has touched the lives of thousands of students and their families, initially in small cohorts and now across communities. More than 13,000 students have gone to college with the support of Say Yes, most since 2013.

Community Support

Since the chapter’s beginning, Say Yes Buffalo has raised $25 million, toward the ten-year goal and $35 million toward the endowment to support college scholarships. Over that time, the number of city high school graduates enrolling in college increased by 10 percentage points.

After-School Programming

For less than what it costs the community to house a teenager for two nights in a Buffalo juvenile detention center – nearly $1,700 – Say Yes can give a student a year of after-school programming (2 hours per day, 5 days per week).

Employment with Bachelor's Degrees

Americans with bachelor’s degrees earn, on average, 65 percent more each year than those with only high school diplomas; those with high school diplomas are unemployed at a rate close to double those with at least a bachelor’s degree.

Meet Our Scholars

Buffalo, NYC


Are you a student – or parent in a Say Yes chapter? Click here for more information on our offerings in Buffalo, Syracuse, Guilford County, and Cleveland.

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes? We invite you to reach out to the Say Yes National office or to a Say Yes chapter, to learn more about how you can get involved.