Important Announcement: 2023 Scholarships

Dear Supporters & Partners,

Over the past 10 years, AEF has awarded over $668,500 in college scholarships, and provided invaluable mentorship to immigrant students in New York City. We are so proud of what we have been able to accomplish with your support and partnership. Our students represent 39 countries. Over 50 of our students have graduated from college, some have become mentors to our newest scholars, delivering on the promise to pay it forward. 

As we reflect on the last ten years, and look forward to the next ten, and beyond, we are embarking on a strategic planning year in 2023. As such, we will not be awarding scholarships in 2023. This was a difficult decision as we know the need is greater than ever. This intentional period to create and execute a bold plan for AEF will allow us to better serve our immigrant community in New York City and beyond. 

For 10 years, AEF has operated as a 100% volunteer organization. It was five immigrant/ child of immigrant women who founded AEF with the goal of helping to elevate our community through higher education. We have achieved our mission with the help of hundreds of volunteers who have read applications, mentored a student, joined our gala committee, and those who have donated their time and resources. Our job is far from complete.

We have big goals for AEF! If you interested in joining our board to help us as we embark on this exciting time of expansion, please email our chairwoman at 

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress and plans. 

Best Regards, 

AEF Board of Directors.