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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Attaining a college degree can be difficult and paying for it can sometimes make it impossible. But one student at Hostos Community College’s Early College has recently added a regional Coca-Cola Scholarship to his long list of awards that have helped him finance his dreams.

Bobby Glover started at Hostos in 2008 as part of the College’s Lincoln Academy program.
Only 18, Bobby is actually one of a trio of students who were recognized along with Marisa VanBrakle, who earned a Gates Millennium award, and Daviana Dueno who won a Questbridge award. Bobby also was a finalist for the Gates Millennium award.

Bobby plans to attend Union College and is interested in studying literature, history, and possibly sociology while following a pre-medical school tract as he looks to pursue a career in Orthodontry.

Earning scholarships has almost become a specialty for Bobby, who was accepted to Dowling College – where he won a full scholarship - and Hunter College. He was also accepted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on a partial scholarship. Not to end there, Bobby also won a Best Buy scholarship and the JUMA scholarship and is waiting to hear back from the UFT (United Federation of Teachers) scholarship, the Gates Millenium scholarship, the Whitney M. Young scholarship and the AFT Black Caucus scholarship.

The regional Coca-Cola scholarship award Glover earned will pay for $10,000 of his education. Bobby also won the National Coca-Cola scholarship worth $20,000.

Since 2008, Bobby has posted a 4.0 high school GPA and a 3.76 college GPA. He has been on the high honor roll since 2010; earned a perfect attendance record; was a member of the National Honors Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

Bobby has not only excelled in the classroom, he has also served his community, working with toddlers as a counselor and maintenance worker at Harvest Summer Day Camp in the Bronx.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Bobby’s father is an immigrant from Honduras. He has seven siblings.

The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca−Cola System.

Other Hostos Students Receive Awards

Daviana Dueno is 18 years old and a senior at Hostos-Lincoln Academy. She is the recipient of the Questbridge College Match Scholarship and will be attending Amherst College in the fall on a full scholarship.

Daviana plans to follow a pre-med track and wants to become a physician in the future.

“I am both extremely excited and nervous about going away to college and being away from home but I know these next four years will be some of the best of my life. I have a few long term goals and aspirations which include traveling the world, publishing my own novel, and one day starting a non-profit organization geared towards empowering young women,”  Daviana said.

Marisa VanBrakle is a National Gates Millennium Scholar for the year 2012 and will be attending Union College as a neuroscience major.

At her high school, Hostos Lincoln Academy, in the Bronx, she has been part of an after school program, S.M.A.R.T Team, where her group studies a specific protein for the whole year and shared their knowledge through poster sessions, previously held in California and Washington D.C. at a national science convention and present at a symposium at Rockefeller University.

She is also interning this summer at a neuroscience lab in Rockefeller University.

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 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 10,000 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:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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