On Point for College students pictured here having received the Student Star Award, Sparkle Anthony, Hydia Holmes, Kaphler Ler, Eh Ler Paw, Pierrot Senat, Daniel Solomon, sister of honoree Doh Soe, accepting award and Frehiwot Sergis

Photos By: Tom Loughlin, Jr.

Over the past four years, On Point for College in Utica has helped 600 first-generation youth get to college, stay in college, and succeed. To celebrate this enormous achievement, the non-profit organization will be holding a celebratory dinner on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 6:00-9:00 PM at Daniele’s, Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford.

On Point for College, Inc., founded in 1999, is dedicated to making higher education accessible to youth who have the desire and the will to continue their education, but who feel college is out of reach due to economic, academic and other barriers. It also links students to jobs. Since its inception, over 9,000 students have enrolled in On Point programs with over a thousand from the Utica area.

Awards were given out to the following honorees:

Dream Maker: Harold “Tom” Clark, Jr.
Make a Difference: Dr. Aymee S. Belen, Bill & Joan Blanchfield, and Michelle Truett
Campus Angels: Jim Daoreuang – MVCC

Dr. Jeffrey T. Gates – Utica College Kenyetta Ivy – MVCC
Patricia Miller –Herkimer College Brittany Ann Morawiec – SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Foundation of Hope: United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area

On Point for Jobs Champion: Indium Corporation – William Macartney
The title sponsors of the event are Adirondack Bank and McDonald’s. Other major donors include MVCC Foundation, Bank of Utica, Herkimer Community College, Dupli, PJ Green, and WUTR/WFXV TV and the Utica Phoenix.

On Point Dream Maker H. Tom Clark and his wife the Honorable Bernadette Clark enjoying a moment and the festivities of the evening

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