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Rich Family Foundation donates $500,000 to Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund

The Rich Family Foundation is giving $500,000 to the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund that assists graduates of Buffalo public and charter schools.

The Say Yes grant was the biggest of three awards that the Rich foundation announced Thursday, including $200,000 to the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Farmhouse Community Food Training and Resource Center and $50,000 for Read to Succeed Buffalo.

“While diverse in their missions, these organizations share our belief that education consistently offers a proven and sustainable path to advancement,” said Melinda R. Rich, vice chairwoman of both the Rich Family Foundation and the family-owned Rich Products Corp.

The foundation earlier announced that it also was donating $250,000 to the Explore & More Children’s Museum, the East Aurora education center that is planning to open at Canalside.

Say Yes Buffalo provides locally funded tuition scholarships to more than 100 colleges and universities for students at Buffalo public and charter schools who meet residency and admissions requirements. Say Yes and its partners also provide services directly inside public school buildings, including 42 mental health clinics that operate one or two days a week in 55 schools and a pair of mobile health units, along with mentoring services and legal clinics that are open one day a week at six schools across the city.

Say Yes has raised $23.5 million toward its goal of $33 million in funding, which would be enough to provide scholarships for Buffalo students through 2023.

“I think it’s great the commitment they’re making,” said David P. Rust, executive director of Say Yes Buffalo. “It’s just a terrific investment in our community and our young people.”