On Point for College is a wonderful organization that assists students and families with all of the logistics of college enrollment from the initial application, completion of detailed financial aid forms, to insuring that students are settled with books, warm clothing and all they need to succeed. I have worked directly with the founder, Ginny Donohue, on several occasions, and she is one of the most compassionate and kind individuals that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She personally laid the foundation for this endeavor by helping a few of her children's friends with college and financial aid applications She soon saw a real need in the Syracuse, New York area to provide this type of assistance free of charge to students who had the potential and motivation to enter College, but who needed help to complete all of the logistics that entering college involves. As the Bursar at Herkimer County Community College, Ginny and her staff send several students to our campus, as well as colleges and universities all over the country. Recently, they will also have another office in the Utica area so that they can assist more deserving students. We at HCCC work closely with On Point Counselors, and On Point students, and have witnessed personally many student success stories. Their organization also takes the time to honor others that assist their students, as two of us on our campus have received their "Campus Angel" awards for assistance to the students that they mentor. They do an excellent job and are worthy of any honor that is bestowed upon them.
I have witnessed On Point for College change the lives of thousands of students from Syracuse inner city. To date, On Point has helped 3,600 young people go to 216 colleges and universities, including homeless youths and refugees. Despite tremendous challenges in their lives, On Point for College students earn degrees at higher rates than the national average for college students. In addition to college visits, help with financial aid, and school supplies, more than 100 On Point volunteers provide transportation to and from college for anyone who needs it. This program removes barriers to higher education and changes lives like no other.