Honoring the Winners of the 2018 Javits Juniors Scholarship Program

On Monday April 30, the Javits Center and Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation held an award ceremony honoring two students from Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction as the inaugural recipients of the Javits Juniors Scholarship program.

The Javits Juniors Scholarship Program was created in the 2017-2018 school year through philanthropic support from the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation.  The program was developed in partnership with the Javits Center, the New York Department of Education and the Fund for Public Schools.  The Javits Juniors Scholarship Program supports the higher education of New York City high school students, and encourages them to seek ways to improve their community through public service and innovative thinking. In the 2017-2018 school year, the Program awarded two $5,000 scholarships to students at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction in Manhattan.  

The Scholarship Program invited students at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction to take part in an essay contest to demonstrate their interest in public service and/or the enhancement of the quality of life in their community. The essay contest, entitled "Serving New York," asked students to outline specific public policy ideas that would better serve the general public and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers. Students were asked to articulate the reasons behind their goals and the steps necessary to achieve them. Essays were judged on the tenants of logic and feasibility, originality and creativity, clarity of ideas, and structure. 

The Scholarship Program is an extension of Javits Juniors, a community-focused initiative at the Javits Center where educational tours are provided to local students and community groups. On these tours, students are taught about the life of Senator Jacob K. Javits, the mission and operations of the convention center, the importance of public service and the economic impact of the events industry.

Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the Javits Center is New York’s largest convention center, named after one of New York’s most dedicated public servants, Jacob K. Javits, who served for decades as a U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman and New York State Attorney General. The Javits Center opened its doors in 1986, the same year that Senator Javits passed away at the age of 81. At the time of his death, according to the New York Times, “he was widely regarded, by admirers and detractors alike, as one of the most intelligent, industrious and effective members of the Senate during his years there, from 1957 through 1980.” Since it opened, the Javits Center has become known as the busiest convention center in the United States, generating up to $2 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 17,000 jobs each year.

Scholarships provide a tremendous opportunity for New York City students hoping to attend college. The Fund for Public Schools is grateful to the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation and Javits Center for helping young New Yorkers achieve their full potential.


Matt Darian