The Andrew Golkin Memorial Scholarship Fund at SEO was started in memory of Andrew Golkin by his friends and family who lost him on September 11th, 2001. Since then, the Golkin Fund has helped to support a number of highly-motivated SEO Scholars as they work toward a college degree. With no administrative expenses to date, 100% of every dollar raised has gone directly to helping students.
To understand how we arrived at this particular scholarship idea, it is helpful to first understand Andrew—Andy to some, Go-Go to many others. Andrew was a native New Yorker who loved his city. He was born here, grew up here, worked here and started his adult life here. He was a kind, genuine, creative, bright and loving person. And he is someone who deserves to be remembered.
Andrew was a fighter who overcame certain odds as a child. He started out afraid to go to sleep-away camp yet wound up a world traveler. He began life with a learning disability yet ended with a B.S. from Hobart College and as a 30-year-old Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald.
Andrew was a true champion for the underdog and was incapable of passing by someone in trouble, whether it was a friend or a stranger, without reaching out to help. Actually, Andrew was someone who never met a stranger; he or she was just a friend he hadn’t yet met.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
We created the Golkin Fund in 2001 with the help of SEO, an organization that has made extraordinary achievements in education in New York for nearly 50 years. It is with their help that we selected our first four “Andrew Golkin Scholars” who are participants of SEO Scholars, a rigorous eight-year program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college.
Today, the Golkin Fund continues to support exceptional students throughout this phase of their academic careers. The scholarships they receive through the Golkin Fund help pay for college tuition, books, transportation and other expenses that they must incur as they work toward their degrees.
Thanks to SEO, the Andrew Golkin Memorial Scholarship Fund has no administrative expenses to date so that 100% of every dollar raised has gone directly toward helping students.
We truly cannot think of a more worthy cause to honor our friend’s memory.