Dream Big Scholarships

Futures and Options awards the Barbara L. Christen Scholarship and the Patricia S. Machir Scholarship each year as part of our Dream Big celebration to two college-bound high school seniors.

Many students feel despair at the idea of not being able to afford a college education, so it feels incredible knowing there are always these support networks available to help kids with their academic endeavors. Futures and Options has not only helped me afford my college education, but also provided me and many other students with transformative career development opportunities.

– Nicole Rodriguez, 2022 Patricia S. Machir Scholar

Dream Big Scholarships

The Barbara L. Christen Scholarship, named for Dr. Barbara L. Christen, the founding principal of Murry Bergtraum High School, who established Futures and Options in 1995 in order to provide professional internships and work readiness training for New York City high school students.

The Patricia S. Machir Scholarship, in honor of Patricia S. Machir, Executive Director of Futures and Options from 2007 to 2021, whose vision, leadership and commitment to higher education helped to bring career development opportunities to thousands of New York City high school students.

Both awards are $10,000 college scholarships that are distributed over four years ($2,500 per year) to two high school seniors who will attend college.

Barbara L. Christen, founder of Futures and Options
Dr. Barbara Christen and Angel Contrera, Futures and Options Summer 2008 Internship Program.
Patricia S. Machir, former Futures and Options Executive Director
Patricia Machir, Futures and Options Executive Director 2007-2021.

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Contact Sam Kahn, our Alumni Engagement Manager, with any questions at skahn@futuresandoptions.org or call (212) 601-0002.