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HOSTOS STUDENTS TO RECEIVE
BRONX DOMINICAN DAY PARADE SCHOLARSHIP

Thursday, May 5, 2011 (New York, NY) – Yesterday afternoon Hostos students Gretcher Hernández, Emely Peguero, Carlos González and Yissel Liriano each received the Bronx Dominican Day Parade Scholarship for their academic accomplishments and civic involvement during a ceremony at Marina del Rey in Bronx.

“We are proud of our students and join them in the celebration of their heritage and accomplishments,” indicated Hostos Provost Carmen Coballes-Vega.

The Dominican Day Parade Scholarship seeks to support students of Dominican decent that have demonstrated academic zeal and leadership.

About the Recipients
Gretcher Hernandez is a native Dominican studying Business Management and plans to continue her studies in Finance and International Relations. Gretcher is a current member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Ambassador Program and a member of the ASAP Student Leadership Team. She was a part of the this year’s 2011 National Model United Nations Team and she is now a brand new member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She has participated in more than 120 hours of Community Service this school year and was selected to give an interview on CNN Español for her efforts last fall. Gretcher currently has a 3.79 GPA.

Emely Peguero is studying Early Childhood Education and currently doing student teaching at P.S. 230 in the Bronx. Emely plans to study Chemistry for her Bachelor’s Degree and then hopes to pursue a degree in Medicine. She is the current Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society at Hostos Community College and a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Student Ambassador Program. Emely has also served as an executive in the Veterans Club. She was an active participant representing the City University of New York and Hostos at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference in Albany this past April. She developed a connection with the Isabella Geriatric Facility in Washington Heights, where she and other students from the Leadership Academy and Phi Theta Kappa have visited with senior citizens from a variety of backgrounds and cultures several times over the past six months. Emely has completed nearly 30 hours of community service in the last semester. Emely came to the United States, from the Dominican Republic in June of 1993 to pursue her education. Emely has a 3.592 GPA.

Carlos Gonzalez is studying electrical Engineering at Hostos and hopes to do a dual degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at City College next year. Carlos is currently a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Student Orientation Services Team, where he works to assist new students to the Hostos Campus have a powerful and rich freshman experience. Carlos has participated in more than 30 hours of community service over the past six months and has derived great joy feeding people at a local mission and taking care of the elderly at a senior center. Carlos works at South Bronx Prep High School doing computer repair and basic IT work. Carlos came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in December of 2008 with his brother to join his father here in the United States and to pursue his studies at the City University of New York. Carlos was actually a representative for CUNY at the Bronx Dominican Day Parade last year. He has a 3.470 GPA and continues to excel at his studies.

Yissel Liriano is studying Early Childhood Education and plans to study Physical Therapy when she graduates. She loves working with children and hopes to be able to help them both physically and mentally in the future. Yissel came to the United States in 1997 from the Dominican Republic, when she was 22, after studying Engineering in her country at Universidad Católica Santo Domingo-UCSD (Santo Domingo Catholic University). She is currently a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy’s Student Orientation Services Team, where she works to assist new students to the Hostos Campus to have a powerful and rich freshman experience. Yissel also works in the Financial Aid Office and she has completed more than 30 hours of community service so far this year and maintains a better than 3.0 GPA. She works hard every day and even attended school full time, while she was pregnant last year.

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