NYC Students,Discover YOUR Passion!

$20,000 in Scholarship Money Awaits to Hone Your Talent

Apply Yourself and Discover Your Passion

The Discover Your Passion™ Competition offers New York City-based students in second through eighth grade, an opportunity to explore their unique gifts, talents and passions in an area of their choice. The $20,000 Scholarship Fund will be awarded to five children who show exceptional promise in academic fields, sports, music, the arts, social entrepreneurship, technology or other disciplines. Finalists will be selected from two categories: 2-5th grade and 6-8th grade. The Grand Prize Winner receives $5000 toward the pursuit of his or her choice; 3 Second Place Winners receive $3500, and 3 Third Place Winners receive $1500, for a total of $20,000.


Support may be provided for any activities identified by the student, from travel, to mentorships, to attendance at relevant programs, or equipment for the specific use of that child toward his or her desired goal. Use of these funds is not prescribed by the program, but they must be designed to support the child’s passion. For the musically talented child, for example, the award could support lessons with a noted music instructor, or participation in an elite ensemble.


The School Choice Group, the global education consulting firm headquartered in White Plains, New York, and The Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC], are pleased to partner for the second annual Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund The Discover Your Passion Competition for New York City based students. The focus on individual passion and the personal story behind the fund are what make this scholarship unique.


Elizabeth Perelstein, the Chair and Founder for the School Choice Group, established this scholarship fund last year to honor her late husband, Michael Perelstein. Michael died at 56 years old, while he was riding with the Westchester Cycle Club, one of his personal passions. A child of Holocaust survivors, Michael was directed by his parents to consider career and life choices based on practical or financial reasons, and not by his personal interests and unique talents. The Perelstein children followed a different path, pursuing their own passions yet still achieving financial security. Michael then realized the true importance of nurturing passion and talent and even changed careers to support his own. As a result, supporting the passions and talents of children is the mission of The Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund.


“I know Michael would have wanted to create opportunity for young people and I am pleased to be able to keep his memory alive by improving children’s lives and educational paths as a result of his tragic death”, said Elizabeth Perelstein.


Deadline for applications is September 8, but as in life, the early bird gets the worm, so apply early for a better chance to win! The scholarship winners will be announced and awarded their prizes at The NYC Ed Tech Family Day event in October.

Discover Your Passion Competition Timeline

APRIL 16, 2014- Official Launch & Call for Entires, The Michael Perelstein Memorial Scholarship Fund’s ‘Discover Your Passion’ 2014 Competition

SEPT 8, 2014- Deadline for Applications

OCT 11- Winners Announced

OCT 18 or 25- Award Ceremony in NYC

Parents, Join us this month for the PALNYC Spring 2014 Parent Workshop Series

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 6:30pm to Wednesday, June 4th, 8pm

120 Warren St

New York, NY

For more information, visit the event page on Eventbrite.

What is PALNYC?

The Parents of Accelerated Learners of New York City is a non-profit organization & network that supports parents of exceptional learners through workshops, conferences and events in NYC and beyond.