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Da Vinci recognized for helping students get financial aid for college

Leonardo Da Vinci High School is getting some kudos for helping students get into college.

The high school on Porter Avenue, located at D’Youville College, was one of 12 public high schools across New York recognized by a nonprofit for its work in helping students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – also known as FAFSA – a key component in whether low-income students have the chance to attend college in the fall.

Seventy-nine percent of graduating seniors at Da Vinci have filled out that form this school year, according to federal data analyzed by the Education Trust-New York, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income students and students of color.

The nonprofit looked at high schools where at least half the students are considered low income and recognized those that had either high FAFSA completion rates or noticeable improvements since last year, said Ian Rosenblum, the nonprofit’s executive director.

The school will receive $750 to award a scholarship to a graduating senior.

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