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Hostos Celebrates Students and Community at Ernesto Malave Scholarship Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – Several Hostos students received Ernesto Malave Scholarships at a ceremony held in the Hostos Café on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Nilda Rosario of Univision Television served as mistress of ceremonies, and she was joined by Madelyn Lugo, President of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade; Edwin Meléndez, Director of The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College; and Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.  The scholarships are made possible by the Diversity Foundation and generous contributions from Popular Community Bank and 1199 SEIU.

The keynote address at this event was given by Brunilda Sánchez, a data specialist from the United States Census Bureau, who broke down demographics and statistics related to Puerto Ricans in the United States. Hostos graduate José Vargas (Class of 1998) also sang several Latino standards.

The Ernesto Malave Scholarship Program was created in May 2010 in memory of the late CUNY Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance, who passed away in 2009 unexpectedly at the age of 51. A South Bronx-reared Puerto Rican, he rose through the ranks to positions of great responsibility and left a 30-year legacy of leadership, service and loyalty at CUNY.

Malave was unwavering in his commitment to ensuring access to CUNY for students of Puerto Rican descent, and the ceremony reflected that commitment. The scholarship is based on financial need and awarded to students in good academic standing who also perform community service.

Others who participated in the scholarship presentation were Mr. Carlos Velásquez, CEO, GALOS Corporation; Debra Martínez, Executive Director, Diversity Foundation; Dawn Carrillo, Vice President, Popular Community Bank; and Victor Rivera, Vice President, 1199 SEIU.

President Matos Rodríguez congratulated the students and thanked all the sponsors.

"This event is special because it honors the memory of our old friend, Ernesto Malave, as well as acknowledges the dedication of both our generous donors and our committed students. I could not think of a more fitting tribute,” Matos Rodríguez said.

The scholarship event was organized by Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations, and her staff.

The Alumni Relations Office also wishes to thank the following representatives from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade for their generous contributions to the Ernesto Malave Scholarship fund, along with several Honorary Members: Melissa Quesada, Vice-Chairperson; Trinity A. Padilla, Secretary; Shirley Cox, Treasurer; Luis Rivera, General Coordinator; Rafael E. Domínguez, Director of External Affairs.

Honorary members: Rosalinda Ortega; María Román Dumén; Javier A. Solano, Esq., Legal Counsel; G.A.L.O.S. Corporation;  and Carlos Velásquez.

The 2013 Ernesto Malave Scholarship Recipients:

Monika Galarza, Jessica Molina, Nicole Álvarez, Aixa Berdecía, Kristina Rosado, Isamaris Rivera, David Méndez, Aleea Lopez, Andre Pérez, Jaqueline Pizarro, Damaris Colon, Jose Alicea, Paul Feliciano, Tara Mercado, Jazmine Cruz, Katherine Ubiera, Jennifer Cruz, Ana Zayas, Ethel Chacon, Jennifer Santiago, Masiel Ureña, Emma Suarez and Michelle Rosario.

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

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097

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