Interpublic Group rewards stellar students with scholarships

Kevin Soler, Sadeke Walsh and Raul Margarito are 2016 IPG scholarship recipients.

Kevin Soler, Sadeke Walsh and Raul Margarito are 2016 IPG scholarship recipients.

For nearly a quarter century, Interpublic Group (IPG) has been a dedicated supporter of the New York City Mentoring Program (NYCMP). Like employees from other businesses, associations and government agencies that work with NYCMP, IPG employees pair with NYC public school students to offer career exploration, facilitate conversations about goal-setting, provide advice on schoolwork and the college admissions process, and lead activities that tap into the city’s vast cultural resources.

IPG, however, also offers two scholarships each year to the most promising mentees in the program. In 2016, the group of candidates competing for the scholarships were so outstanding that a third awardee was added for the first time in IPG’s 23-year history of working with NYCMP. Staten Island’s Raul Margarito ($5K scholarship – Curtis High School) joined south Bronx best friends and soon-to-be Boston University roommates, Kevin Soler ($5K scholarship – Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports High School) and Sadeke Walsh ($10K scholarship – Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports High School) as the latest recipients of the prestigious award. IPG increased its $10K donation by $10K for a total of $20K in order to award the third scholarship.

Raul’s mentor was the Federal Bank of New York’s Paul Asman, Kevin Soler’s mentor was AEA Investor’s Jeff Schmidt, and Sadeke Walsh’s mentor was AEA Investor’s Zack Rosskman.

The competitive process to earn the scholarship included writing two essays – one about their experience in the mentoring program and one describing involvement in a community service or leadership activity – as well as providing academic and attendance records, two letters of recommendation, and documentation proving their acceptance to college.

The NYCMP distributed all complete applications to the scholarship committee, comprising representatives from the DOE, IPG and The Fund for Public Schools. Selected finalists were interviewed by the committee and while all of the mentees were incredibly impressive, Sadeke, Kevin, and Raul edged out the competition.

The three winning students were honored at a special reception attended by their families, their mentors, IPG senior leadership, staff from the NYCDOE and The Fund for Public Schools. Past scholarship winners also turned out at the event to celebrate the induction of new members into their selective fraternity, and to impart advice to the newly minted scholarship winners.