As a Catholic institution following the educational mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY, AMR is deeply committed to attending the needs of our times, responding to the principles of social justice, and collaborating with the education and formation of the Puerto Rican woman.
To fulfill these goals, AMR has established a proactive financial aid program designed to bring an education of excellence to talented girls of limited economic resources and to bring financial assistance to families and students within our community who find themselves in need.
AMR’s Scholarship and Financial Aid Program
- Formally established in 1998.
- Fund restricted toward scholarships and financial assistance.
- Provides scholarships to talented students from the public school system.
- Provides financial assistance to students from the private school system who are in financial need.
- Provides financial assistance to AMR families who find themselves in a financial emergency, such as loss of job and physical disability or loss of parent or guardian.
Identification and Selection Process
- Area public schools, parents and alumnae refer students with outstanding academic achievement.
- An assigned committee visits area public schools. Those students referred by the school’s principal or social worker take a diagnostic test.
- According to the diagnostic test results, approximately 15 students are invited to the tutoring program offered by AMR professors, which runs for 5 consecutive Saturdays, intended to prepare the students for the Examen Cooperativo.
- The selected students then take the Examen Cooperativo. When results come in, a committee selects the candidates for scholarships.
- The candidates, along with their parents, are then interviewed by the AMR Scholarship Committee, which makes the final decision. The AMR Scholarship committee includes AMR’s President, AMR’s Principal, AMR’s Psychologist, members of AMR’s administrative staff, members of AMR’s Board of Directors, and community representatives.
Financial Aid Program
To request financial aid or some type of help with payments, the family should
- Bring a letter with the name of the student, the grade to which she seeks admission, and a statement of the family’s financial need. (Admission, financial aid and different forms of payment are considered together.)
- To be considered for financial aid, the student must already have been registered in the school.
- Financial aid is only granted for tuition and Building Fund
- Once the student is enrolled, she is required to deliver a series of documents that are evaluated by a committee. After this she is given an appointment for an interview. The committee awards financial aid based on need.
Requirements to Maintain Financial Aid
- Spotless behavior and conduct.
- Minimum GPA of 2.7
- Integration to the school community
- Membership in AMR’s clubs, organizations, or sports teams.
- Community service
- Family commitment
Achievements of the Scholarship and Financial Aid Program
- One to two full scholarships granted per grade level.
- Partial financial assistance granted on a regular basis.
- Payment plans considered.
- Books and uniforms provided (according to availability).
- Students from the Scholarship Program have graduated with honors and an outstanding overall performance.
Sources of Income for the Scholarship and Financial Aid Program
- Corporate Sponsors
- Alumnae Office and Alumnae Association
- Families/Individual Sponsors
- School Activities, such as the Wine and Food Tasting, Golf Tournament, Alumnae Bazaar, Walk-A-Thon, Mother and Daughter, and Father and Daughter