Future 5, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low income high school students in Stamford graduate and connect to a better and sustainable education and career path, hosted a special recognition event to celebrate the graduation of their high school seniors on June 13 at the Stamford Innovation Center.
39 Future 5 seniors graduated, representing four Stamford high schools – Westhill High School, Stamford High School, Trinity Catholic High School, and AITE. Future 5’s class of 2016 is their seventh graduating class. 27 students committed to four-year schools including Providence College, UCONN Storrs, Springfield College, Quinnipiac University, and many others. Nine plan to attend two-year colleges including Norwalk Community College. One student will enter the U.S. military and two others are undecided on their plans and will continue to work with Future 5.
Future 5 member Sebastian Neufuss, a senior at AITE, is one example of the many students who have found success through the organization. He will be attending the Miami University of Ohio on a full scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation which provides full, four-year tuition and housing college scholarships for deserving golf caddies across the country. Sebastian is a golf caddy at the Woodway Country Club in Darien. He will be the first in his family to receive a college degree, like many other past and present graduates of the Future 5 organization. Sebastian will double major in psychology and business.
“From athletes to engineers to artists, the Future 5 Class of 2016 has it all. Our students continue to break barriers and become productive members of communities,” said Nancy Roath, co-director, college prep at Future 5. “The Class of 2016 is filled with wonderful students who have worked hard to realize their dream of attending college. It has been such a joy to work with this great group of students on their post high school plans. We are excited to see what the Class of 2016 will accomplish over the years and the many positive ways they will change the world,” added Debbie Eagan, co-director, college prep at Future 5.
During the graduation event founder and executive director Clif McFeely and director of students Ellen Berube spoke along with distinguished Future 5 alumni and members of the graduating senior class. First County Bank and XL Catlin were the event sponsors whose donations covered event expenses and the purchase of a college T-shirt for each graduate attending college in the fall.
Founded in 2009, Future 5 has served over 450 students and has a 98% high school graduation rate. For the 2015-2016 school year, Future 5 served approximately 150 high school students. In addition to the staff, 70 plus coaches and volunteers commit to over 60,000 hours helping Stamford’s high school students.