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Two Hostos Students Awarded Diversity Foundation Scholarships

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - To celebrate Dominican Heritage Month and Black History Month, the Diversity Foundation awarded scholarships to two Hostos students in February. Fifonsi Lantonkpode received the Martin Luther King Scholarship, an award of $500, at the African American Meet and Greet Reception held in the Savoy Multipurpose Room on February 20th. The event was organized and coordinated by the President’s Office.

Debra Martínez, the Diversity Foundation Executive Director, and Ana Carrión-Silva, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, presented the scholarship to Fifonsi. Vice President Carrión-Silva highlighted the collaboration between Hostos and the Diversity Foundation, saying: “The Diversity Foundation has been a longtime friend to Hostos Community College. Its commitment to Hostos is a great example of how outside funding continues to support the educational goals of our students.”

Originally from Kenya, Fifonsi has a 3.2 GPA. He plans to study engineering at The City College of New York.

“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received while completing my associate’s degree at Hostos Community College,” Fifonsi said.  “Professor Lizette Colón and the Alumni Relations staff have gone above and beyond to identify fund so that I can continue my education. I look to the future with great hope and will become a donor as soon as I am in a position to earn money and give back to this most important institution.”

During the Dominican Heritage Month Celebration on February 28th, HealthFirst and the Diversity Foundation joined forces with the Alumni Relations Office to award a $500 scholarship of $500 to Karina Reich. Karina has a 3.46 GPA and is pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts and Science.

“I will always be grateful to the college for this additional financial support of my education,” Karina said.  “I am proud of being an Hostos student.”
Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations, was also present at the reception and thanked the Diversity Foundation for its continuing support of the college’s mission and its students.

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 over 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.

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu

Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513


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