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Hostos Salutes the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., And Celebrates His Birthday with a Scholarship Award Ceremony

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – The Alumni Relations Office at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College recognizes the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and what his dream means for this institution. On February 4, 2012, a celebration of Dr. King’s birthday was held at the Hostos Art Gallery, and students Samuel Pluviose and Michelle White received a $1,500 scholarship award for their academic accomplishment by the Diversity Foundation, Healthfirst, and Hot97. Debra Martínez of the Diversity Foundation served as mistress of ceremonies for the celebration, and Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez gave welcoming remarks and eulogized Virginia Paris, Dean Emeritus of Students at this college.

 “We are here to celebrate student achievement under the banner of one of our nation’s greatest achievers and one of the world’s most inspiring leaders. Dr. King would have been proud of the thousands of students who have come to Hostos in pursuit of their dreams. For this reason, I also wish to acknowledge the passing of Dean Emeritus Virginia Paris, a beloved figure at Hostos who loved this ceremony and embraced this celebration because helping students earn a college education was one of her greatest missions in life,” indicated President Matos Rodríguez.

Following a moment of silence, the Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. and Healthfirst’s George Hulse also addressed the attendees, invoking many of Dr. King’s teachings.

The scholarship award ceremony concluded with a performance of Release Your Song by the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, which was the perfect ending for a celebration honoring Dr. King’s dream and students whose pursuit of academic excellence is helping to keep that dream alive.

About the Scholarship Recipients

Michelle White is majoring in Liberal Arts with a concentration in science. Since enrolling at Hostos, Michelle has increased her grade point average every semester, and it now stands at 3.426. Michelle’s goal is to matriculate into a Bachelor of Science program at a local university to study medicine. Her many years of experience in cosmetology have influenced her desire to become a dermatologist.

Samuel Pluviose is in his last semester at Hostos in pursuit of a degree in criminal justice. After graduating, Samuel plans to transfer to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and major in law enforcement administration. With a grade point average of 3.474, Samuel is well on his way to a successful future.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.



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