Scholarship fund open for college-bound


College is only a few short months away, and the Bronx Rising Initiative hopes to take some of the financial burden away from high school seniors with eyes on higher education.

The Brandon Hendricks Scholarship is offering $5,000 scholarships to multiple Bronx high school seniors already admitted to college. 

It’s named after a high school student and star basketball player from Monroe High School who was shot and killed last year.

Eligible students need to complete an application and two written responses on the Bronx Rising Initiative website, among other qualifications.

Deadline is May 31. To apply, visit


Horace Mann School condemns synagogue attacks in Riverdale

Days before police made an arrest in a string of synagogue vandalism attacks, administrators at Horace Mann School shared a letter with parents labeling the window-smashing as potential acts of hate.

“As a community, we have made an explicit focus this year to be actively inclusive and to reaffirm our core values to help your children lead great and giving lives,” according to the letter. 

“This commitment calls us, again, to publicly name an instance of harm.”

The letter served both to condemn anti-Semitism and to provide resources for any who might have been affected by the attacks.

“As we continually monitor the situation as a school, we are writing to our community to remind you all that Horace Mann School actively condemns any and all acts of violence against groups of people on the basis of their religious identity or other identifiers,” the letter read. “In this particular moment, we want to emphasize that there is no room for anti-Semitism in our community, and it is not tolerated.”

Brandon Hendricks Scholarship, Bronx Rising Initiative, Monroe High School, Horace Mann School, Rose Brennan