Education Fund

The Rising Stars Education Fund was created for underprivileged and at-risk children with the opportunity to attend private school who would otherwise likely not succeed in public schools. The Rising Stars commitment to education is lifelong.

This program has had proven success in helping young kids to graduate high school, attend college and become ready for the real world. Developing a personal relationship with recipients and families gives the children a great chance to have success. Currently, we provide 11 scholarships for boys and girls in the tri-state area. Our goal is to significantly increase the number of scholarship recipients and broaden our partnerships with potential high schools in the tri-state area and further.

One of the bi-products of the Educational Fund are our Memorial Scholarships honoring the legacy of lost loved ones.


Ryan Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship
Created in 2002 to honor the memory of Ryan Fitzgerald who was lost in the 9-11 tragedy, this program is offered to those children in Rising Stars who best exemplify Ryan’s strengths and hope for a better life.

Brian O’Mara Memorial Scholarship
Created in 2012, the Brian O’Mara Scholarship helps support Rising Stars participants that best exemplify Brian O’ Mara's memory with financial aid towards college tuition. (

Ted Virtue Educational Fund
Established in 2012 in honor of our 2012 Man of the Year, Mr. Ted Virtue. The fund seeks to provide qualified students from NY & Long Island with opportunities to attend private school.

Tyrone Green Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2014 in memory of Rising Stars founding member and long time youth advocate, Tyrone Green. This fund seeks to help under-served youth from at risk areas attend private school.

Mr. Ted Virtue and Rising Star's Jay Williams with the recipients of the 2012-2013 Ted Virtue Educational Scholarship Awards

Thomas O’ Connell - 9 yrs w/ Rising Stars: Ryan Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship '12-'15

National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to Thomas O’Connell (Chaminade High School) and Curtis Jenkins (Farmingdale High School) on signing their national letters of intent.

Thomas has accepted a scholarship to the University of Maryland and Curtis has accepted a full basketball scholarship to Molloy College. Both young men have been part of the Rising Stars family for many years. We wish them the best of luck in their collegiate careers!

Curtis Jenkins - 4 year honor roll;
Captain Basketball/Football teams

Losini Kamara, Rising Stars, Inc. Scholar/Athlete: A Success Story – 2014 Honor Roll

“My name is Losini Kamara and I am an African-born American. I was challenged from my first day in America and my challenges became even more telling after my family and I arrived in New York. There, we continued to face even more struggles and hardships and I began to fear for my life here.

When I was eight, my mother was sent to a shelter and I was offered guardianship from one of my teachers and mentors, Donald Francois, with the hopes of improving my life. Don offered me an extraordinary opportunity from Rising Stars to get out of the place I feared and attend the Long Island Lutheran School as a 6th grader.

Rising Stars pushed to have me accepted, even though my grades would not have qualified me for acceptance. In my first few months, I showed immediate progress as my new environment allowed me to focus on education and studying, not fear. Subsequently, I have excelled in class and made the honor roll every semester, thereafter. I am a hard worker and want to prove myself. My work in the class has allowed me to work hard at other things. Among them --- my love for basketball.

I have been playing on the LuHi basketball teams since I was accepted and am now on the varsity team. Recently, I was ranked as one of the top ten 10th graders in the state and top twenty in the country. I feel that I now have a promising future and am forever thankful to Rising Stars for leading me out of the path of fear and failure and on to the path of success.”