Friends of WHEELS
Friends of WHEELS ensures that every student at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) has the support they need to access higher education and succeed in college and beyond. It delivers a continuum of comprehensive, personalized supports beginning in 9th grade and continuing through college graduation.
Meringoff funding will allow the organization to build out its alumni program to reflect growing numbers of high school alumni and changing needs, both expanding and enhancing existing work.
An additional challenge grant seeded the Friends' first-ever scholarship fund to supplement shortfalls in graduates' college financial aid packages.
"I see so many people lost because they're completely on their own. Having an alumni coordinator gives me and the other alums the chance to have someone that will help us through things we may not understand."