FAQ

General Information

  • I’d like to come back to visit the new school building located at 345 Chamber Street. What are the steps I must take? 

We are always excited to welcome our alums back to the school. We offer a weekly tour on Thursdays at 4:00pm. If you are interested in the tour, please email us to confirm your attendance: [email protected].

If you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to make this date and time, you may reach out by email to coordinate an alternative.

Please Note: Visits must be announced and Alumni should be accompanied at all times during the visit by Alumni staff or faculty members.

  • Can I get a tour of the old school building located at 345 East 15th Street?

Unfortunately, the Alumni Office cannot coordinate independent tours of the old building. We do apply for a permit for the old building and allow for tours once a year. Email us at [email protected] to find out when the next tour is scheduled.

  • How can I purchase Stuyvesant merchandise? 

The Alumni Association is proud to sell Stuyvesant merchandise for students, teachers, and general fans – past and present. Our online store is linked here. All merchandise is shipped within 30 days of placing the order.

If you would like to come to shop in person, the school store opening hours are: 3-4:30pm Wednesdays and Fridays on normal school days.

  • I’m looking for ways to connect with my fellow Alumni and stay up to date on happenings at Stuyvesant. Where can I look? 

The Alumni Association has many different sources of information to keep up with current events at Stuyvesant High School. If you are a registered alum, you may access a repository of all newsletters can be found here.

Additionally, we have a Facebook page, Facebook group (for Alumni only), Instagram account, Twitter, and LinkedIn account.

We do our best to keep up with all of our Alumni, but with our growing number we are bound to miss things! If you have any updates to share that you think should be highlighted please email us at [email protected].

  • How does the Alumni Association determine how to allocate money from the Stuy Fund for teachers and student requests?

Students, teachers and school leadership submit allocation requests to the alumni office throughout the school year. Since the Parent Association is unable to fund travel, many of our after school clubs and departments rely heavily on the Association to fund their expenses to tournaments and competitions. In our newsletter, we highlight the major current initiatives that need support.

The alumni office partners closely with the Principal and other leadership to ensure that requests align with the priorities of the school and its initiatives. All allocations requests are then presented to our Allocations Committee who approves or denies each. Any fund requests that are more than $3,000 must also be ratified by the full Board. Decisions are largely based on the recommendations of school leadership and the status of our current funds.

Our Allocations Committee is open to all alumni. Email us to get involved: [email protected].

  • I’m an Alumnus/a, why should I become a dues-paying member of the Association? 

Dues are used to support the School and the Alumni. They are used to fund Alumni events, newsletter and support allocation requests that are made by students and faculty.

Additionally, dues-paying members receive perks such as discounts on event tickets and first access to sales.

Dues are $25 dollars for students and retirees. All other members must pay $50.

Please note: in order to vote in Board Elections, you must be a dues-paying member. For more information on the process please see the Board Elections & Nominations FAQ.

  • I’m ready to donate! What are my options? 

We accept donations by check, credit card, or phone.

If you would like to donate by check, please make it to “Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association.” Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 3531
New York, NY 10008-3531

If you would like to donate by credit card our options are listed on the donation page.

Phone donations can be made by calling the main office line during normal business hours (M-F, 9-5pm): 212- 312-4894.

Requests for Record & Materials

  • How do I get a copy of my transcript and/or report card? 

The College Office at the school can help you! Their direct phone line is 212.312.4800 ext. 2250.

  • I’m not on your mailing list. How do I get a copy of the current newsletter?

All authenticated Alumni are able to access a full archive of our newsletter online here. If you are not an alumnus and would like to receive a copy of our newsletter, please send an email request to: [email protected].

If you are not on our mailing list you may be missing out on other exciting information. Please refer to the Database FAQ to learn how to update your information.

Board Elections & Nominations

  • I’m interested in joining the Board, what is the process? 

Elected Board members serve a one-year term. They must attend Board meetings, participate in committees, and contribute their expertise to better support Stuyvesant students, faculty and alumni.

Nominations for the Board will open by January 1st (at the latest) and will close on January 31st. When it is time to submit nominations, it will be announced on this website and a linked form will be available. Nominees must be a current dues-paying member. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Once submitted, our Governance committee reviews the submissions, interviews the candidates, and make recommendations to the Board. Once the slate has been ratified, bios are presented to dues-paying members (including Lifetime members) who submit their vote electronically.

  • What makes a great Board Nominee? 

Our goal is to have a committed board that reflects the student body of the school’s distinguished history, reflecting diversity in gender, ethnicity, age and occupation.

Preference is given to those who have a strong history of engagement and participation in Alumni Association committees and events.

  • What is expected of Board Members? 

Our Board members must feel comfortable in applying their expertise and relevant experience to benefit the Alumni Association. They must be a proponent for the mission statement and use it to guide their actions while serving in the position.

Expectations include:

1. Attending every bi-monthly board meeting and any additional meetings that are scheduled as well as actively participating in at least one committee

2. Abiding by the ethical, conflict of interest and confidentiality policies of the Board

3. Making annual contributions to the Alumni Association’s Stuy Fund, pursuant to our board requirements:  If you have graduated from high school less than ten years ago, you must donate at least $500 or solicit at least $1000. If you graduated more than ten years ago, you must donate at least $1000 or solicit at least $2000.

A comprehensive outline of duties and guidelines on conduct can be found in the Director and Trustee Handbook.

  • I’m a dues-paying or a Lifetime Alumni Association member. How do I vote? 

All members will receive an email from SimplyVoting, when the polls have opened. It will include a link and a voter ID number that you must enter when submitting your vote electronically. Biographies of the nominees will be available on this website and linked in the form.

Keep in mind that annual dues provide membership through the end of the month of the following year. For example, if you submit your dues during the month of April in 2017, your membership is valid until April 30, 2018.

Alumni Information/Database

  • Why do we have an Information/Database Policy? 

The Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association takes the privacy of our alumni extremely seriously. We want to ensure that our alumni feel comfortable giving their information to the Association freely and that we can confidently confirm what the information will be used for.

  • Who has access to my information in the database? 

Only registered alumni are allowed to access our database as a tool to reconnect with classmates. Once authenticated, the online directory gives access to the following information: name, graduation year, email, education, occupation and primary city.

In order to protect your privacy, all other information in our database is strictly used for official Alumni Association communication (e.g. newsletters) and events. We do not promote or allow the promotion of activities outside of the Association, including what would otherwise be activities involving alumni.

No outside organization has ownership or access to our database, nor will anyone gain access for anything other than Alumni Association business.

  • I’d like to connect with one of my classmates. How can I find their contact information? 

Once you’ve logged into the website and confirmed your identity, you may access our online database to search for fellow alumni. Alumni can be searched for based on their name, graduation year, occupation, or primary city.

  • I have changed my email, phone number or mailing address. How do I inform the Alumni Association? 

It is important to us that our records are accurate to ensure that we are able to keep you updated on Stuy happenings and connect you with fellow alumni. If you have changed your personal information, please email us as soon as possible at [email protected] or give us a call during normal business hours (M-F, 9-5pm): 212- 312-4894.

  • Does the Alumni Association have information for teachers or other faculty? 

The SHSAA does not generally maintain information for non-alumni teachers or faculty members. If you are interested in contacting a teacher or faculty member your best bet is to reach out directly to the school secretary, Donna Fiscina at [email protected].

  • Can the Alumni Directory be used for solicitations? 

Use of directory information for any commercial, political or solicitation purpose is expressly prohibited. If you suspect that your information was misused, please let us know by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

Scholarships

  • Which scholarships do the Alumni Association currently manage? 

The Alumni Association currently gives out about 20 scholarships every spring. The amounts awarded range from $1,000 to $10,000.

With annual college tuition continuously on the rise and some even approaching $70,000, scholarships play a crucial role in the feasibility for students to attend competitive universities. The Association does its best to support where possible.

  • What are the requirements to start a scholarship? 

Like with designated funds, in order to start a scholarship one must contribute a minimum of $5,500 and each year award a minimum of $1,000 to a student.

Consistent with most charities, all designated gifts including scholarships require a 10% Stuy Fund contribution. This means a minimum gift of $5,500 equates to a $1,000 scholarship for 5 years.

NOTE: The minimums described above are only applicable to new scholarships. Scholarships that have been grandfathered in with different agreed on terms will still be honored.

  • How are the winners determined?

As you can imagine, scholarships are highly competitive and require an extensive review process. We have a standardized application across all scholarships, which includes the following components:

1. FAFSA Report,

2. Letter of recommendation (preferably outside of Stuyvesant),

3. Academic transcript, and

4. One essay question.

The required essay question may be specific to the scholarship, but the response must only be a maximum of 500 words.

Certain larger donors have specified additional criteria, but the Scholarship Committee is ultimately responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates based on the donor’s intent. Similar to Allocations, this committee is open to all Alumni. If you are interested in participating, please send us an email: [email protected]

  • I’d like to contribute more than the minimum so that I don’t have to deal with the yearly hassle of replenishing the account. What happens to my money then? 

Since scholarships are restricted gifts your money will not be spent for any other allocation or purpose. For contributions that are larger than $20,000 we will open a specific designated account in Morgan Stanley to conservatively invest and grow funds to extend the scholarship longevity. Reports on these investments will be available upon request.

 

[Last edited 04/30/18]

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