Our mission is to provide academically motivated students from under-resourced New York City high schools with a three-year summer program of enriched academic and cultural activities; to promote connections between CSSP students and families in our community; and to help prepare our students for college and expose them to career options to support their future personal success.
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We welcome two new board members!
Rachel Rader has lived in Chappaqua since 1997. She has been involved with the community in many capacities, serving stints on the boards of the Chappaqua School Foundation and the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund as well as volunteering at and chairing the benefit for the Pleasantville Cottage Schools. She has also mentored first generation high school students through the college application process through Latino U and served on the board of the Yale Alumni Fund. After working in book publishing and then taking a break to raise her three children, Rachel started a full service college counseling business in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, tennis, yoga, golf and her three dogs.
Marianne Hurewitz has lived in Chappaqua for 23 years, after growing up in Queens and living in NYC. She and her husband Gary have three grown daughters: Abigail, Katherine and Julie. She retired last summer after a career in life sciences communications and PR. The Hurewitz family hosted CSSP students for several years when their daughters were younger, and Marianne served on the committee for the 2018 Celebration Dinner.
CSSP Seniors, Class of 2021
We celebrate our CSSP seniors and their graduation from high school. They are on to great things! Here are some of the schools that are lucky enough to get our wonderful students in the fall!
50 years of CSSP
On November 4, 2018 we honored Nancy Stein and celebrated 50 years of CSSP! Check out the video below.
" CSSP is a jewel in the crown of Chappaqua. I know from experience what it means to have someone reach out a hand to help a stranger."
The Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program (CSSP) has been in existence since 1968. Each summer we invite 22-24 promising students from under resourced schools in the Bronx to join our community. The program is possible because Chappaqua families open their homes up to host these wonderful students . Our goal is to prepare them for the rigors of college and beyond. For three consecutive years, these specially selected students attend academic classes at one of the Chappaqua schools in the mornings and participate in a range of recreational and cultural activities in the afternoon. The Program's primary objective is to broaden the students' horizons and widen their vision of the world while letting them see that there can be a bright, happy future ahead.
CSSP students have gone on to attend many wonderful schools including: Babson, Brandeis, City College, Dartmouth, Fordham, Howard, Hunter,Pomona, RPI, SUNY Albany, Binghamton and Stony Brook, Trinity, UVM, Vassar and Wesleyan.
Our graduates have joined the work force in a multitude of professions. We have doctors, teachers, engineers, counselors and nurses among our alumni. Equally important, many graduates themselves are involved with community service. Several alumni have returned over the years to speak to our students about their lives and work.
CSSP is financially supported through contributions from the Chappaqua community. The program is entirely run by volunteers.