Friday, May 10, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – Hostos Community College is thrilled to announce that four College Now students have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholarship winners.
The students, Selena Cardona, Darriel McBride, Mariama Diallo and Christian Carrion, have enrolled in college credit classes at Hostos through College Now, in addition to being enrolled in a pre-college course through Hostos College Now’s partnership with the FLY (Fierce Leadership for Youth) Academy.
College Now is a collaborative program of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education. College Now at Hostos Community College motivates and prepares South Bronx high school students for the reality of higher education and the college experience by offering them an opportunity to take college courses and earn college credits while still in high school.
“Hostos’ College Now expands opportunities for high school students in the South Bronx. Our college credit and pre-college programs teach students what they need to succeed in college and beyond. These four Gates Millennium scholars exemplify what College Now students can achieve, and we are very proud of their success,” says Elizabeth Wilson, Director of College Now at Hostos Community College.
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program is to promote academic excellence and provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Every year, the GMS Program selects 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Gates Millennium Scholars are provided with both personal and professional development through leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
This year, 54,000 students applied for the scholarship from across the United States.
“When we learned that 4 of our 16 high school applicants were GMS finalists, we could not have been more grateful. But to know that all 4 were selected as recipients out of the thousands who applied this year speaks to both our students’ potential and the value of our strategic programming,” said Sharon Washington, Gates Millennium Scholars alumna, and Co-Founder and Executive Director of The FLY Academy.
The FLY (Fierce Leadership for Youth) Academy was created in the winter of 2012 with founders and mentors who represent professionals of color that come from underserved communities. The FLY Academy seeks to instill cultural pride, community accountability and academic rigor in underrepresented students so they can be the future leaders of their communities. For more information on The FLY Academy, visit www.theflyacademy.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@theFLYNY) and find us on Facebook (/TheFLYAcademy).
ABOUT THE GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
- Selena Cardona, graduating as valedictorian at the Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies (FLAGS), successfully completed two Hostos College Now courses (Introduction to Community Health and Painting and Drawing), earning six college credits with a current GPA of 4.0. Selena is of Dominican descent and wants to major in political science and communications. She will attend Cornell University in the fall.
- Mariama Diallo, a senior at the High School for Violin and Dance, completed four Hostos College Now courses (Thinking and Reasoning, Expository Writing, Medical Terminology, and Introduction to Sociology), earning 12 college credits with a GPA of 3.67. Mariama was born in West Africa Guinea and moved to the United States when she was 12. She will graduate as the Valedictorian of her class this year and wants to major in pre-med/biology when she begins college this fall.
- Darriel McBride, a senior at Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School, successfully completed one Hostos College Now course (Digital Photography), earning three college credits with a GPA of 4.0. Daniel is of Puerto Rican and African American descent and plans to attend Marist College. He is interested in studying writing, communications, theater and law.
- Christian Carrion, also graduating from FLAGS High School, successfully completed two College Now courses (Introduction to Business and Sociology), earning six college credits with a GPA of 4.0. Christian is Ecuadorian-American and this fall will attend the University of Southern California as a Posse and Gates scholar. He plans to tackle a double-major in business management and political science.
Students from the program will be honored at the FLY Academy’s inaugural graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 30, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hostos Community College’s Savoy Multipurpose Room, 120 E. 149th Street, Bronx, NY.
About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. 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 Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu
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