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Building Community. Growing Leaders.

How to Apply:


You must be:

  • A resident of Cypress Hills/East New York in Brooklyn (neighborhood boundaries are Jackie Robinson Parkway/Jamaica Avenue – North; Glenmore Avenue – South; Elderts Lane – East; and Pennsylvania Avenue – West)

  • Accepted into college as a freshman for September 2019 in a 4-year college, OR

  • A participant in Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation’s College S.T.E.P.S. program, OR

  • A participant in the Student Success Centers on the Franklin K. Lane and Thomas Jefferson High School campuses

  • Financially Needy

  • Committed to/have a history of community service, activism or volunteerism


Application Process:

  1. Complete  Scholarship Application Form HERE

  2. Prepare and submit, along with your application, an essay of 600 words or less on: How your life, or future goals, reflects the values, vision, and life of Cesiah Toro Mullane; and what your goals in college and life are.

  3. If selected as a finalist, come for a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee


If Selected as a Recipient, you must:

  • Provide an accounting of how scholarship funds were spent

  • Submit college transcripts annually to be considered for renewal of the scholarship

  • Be willing to share your college experiences with staff from Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and other young people




Courtney Camacho 

Director, College Success Programs

College S.T.E.P.S.

2810 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY 11208-2608


In honor of the late Cesiah Toro Mullane, former President of the CHLDC Board of Directors and passionate community advocate, we offer two scholarships a year to current college students from the Cypress Hills community. Cesiah was one of the founding members of CHLDC and a strong supporter of helping neighborhood residents further their education. We are proud to continue her legacy by supporting our students in their efforts to complete college!


To be eligible, students must be enrolled in our College Persistence programming and are chosen on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated commitment to community service. Most of our scholarship students are the first in their family to go to college.

Jerry Toussaint, Class of 2019 at Binghamton University:


Jerry is one of our scholarship recipients from 2015. He graduated from Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School in Cypress Hills and now attends Binghamton University where he is a freshman studying mechanical engineering.

Jerry’s goal is to earn a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and work for a leading aerospace company. He credits the Cesi Toro Mullane scholarship fund award with helping him adjust to college life while learning to budget money, and motivating him to continue achieving.


On his career plans, Jerry says: “I hope that I can encourage other people of color to pursue careers in the sciences,” and advises other young people to find a career path that will help them “wake up in the morning happy because you’re doing what you love.”

If you’re looking for a particular service, but don’t know the name of the program, head to the “How Can We Help You?” page where programs are sorted by the service they can provide to you or your family.


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