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Hostos Students Awarded Scholarships From The Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund

Monday, March 12, 2012 (Bronx, NY) — Sixteen academically accomplished Hostos students, who are also in financial need, were awarded $1,000 each as part of The CUNY Bronx Scholarship Fund.

A special cocktail reception was held at the New York Botanical Garden on Wednesday, March 7th to honor the donors of The Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund.

Bronx Community College President Carole M. Berotte Joseph, Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, and Lehman College President Ricardo R. Fernández hosted the donor event at The New York Botanical Garden.

The late Elias Karmon, “Dr. Bronx,” and Mr. Serafin U. Mariel, founder and president emeritus of the New York National Bank created the Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund in 2006. Their effort brought a first-time collaboration of the Bronx CUNY colleges — Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College and Lehman College — to help some of the most financially needy students pursue their degree. Since the Fund began more than 200 students have been given scholarships, which are also based on academic excellence, to continue their education at one of the city’s public colleges.

Mr. Mariel, President Matos Rodríguez, Ms. Mary Coleman (representing Bronx Community College President Carole Berotte Joseph) and the COO of The New York Botanical Garden, provided personal remarks during the reception. President Fernández gave the keynote address.

Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations at Hostos, coordinated the fundraising efforts for the College and secured donations from Affinity Health Plan, The Bronx Chamber of Commerce, GALOS Corporation, MBJ Food Services, Sovereign Bank, the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and GEICO.

This year’s Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund recipients from Hostos are: Cesar Rojas, Lina Cruz, Shivon Smith, Sheena Peters, Diane Riley, Gloria Lattimore, Ruth Romero, Allen Niles, Roger Normil, Latoya Speller, Lucía Martínez, Brice Ouedraogo, Ana María Guerra, Shpresim Haxhaj, and Terrance McSween. Barbara Teti was the recipient of the Elias Karmon Scholarship.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York 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 Professional Studies 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 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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