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Hostos Student Anaiz Flores Earns $4,000 COPE/Mitsui USA Scholarship

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College is happy to announce that Anaiz Flores, a COPE student, earned one of three COPE/ Mitsui USA Scholarships for the 2013 academic year.The scholarship funds can be used for tuition and educational expenses. The Mitsui Scholarship is intended for CUNY students who are receiving or are eligible for public assistance, including food stamps.  Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Flores said she was humbled to receive the award. “I am honored to be the only Hostos student to win the Mitsui scholarship in 2012. I am grateful for this generous scholarship that enables me to continue with my studies. There are no words to express my gratitude,” said Flores.

“I am very proud of Anaiz. The Human Resources Administration mandates that COPE students complete 35 hours of weekly activities, in addition to the many responsibilities that they have to juggle on a daily basis, particularly those students with children,” said Maria Cano, Director of the COPE program at Hostos. “Despite all of the demands imposed on her, Anaiz has managed to maintain an impressive GPA of 3.8. The $4,000 scholarship came at a perfect time. Anaiz is in her last semester at Hostos and will be transferring to a four-year college. She will be able to apply $2,000 towards her tuition. I wish Anaiz lots of success. It has been a pleasure to see her bloom and I am sure she will succeed.”

Cano added the COPE program is about more than just supporting students financially.

“Here at COPE we are constantly tracking our students to ensure they graduate on time, we intervene when appropriate and offer qualified students information about scholarships, grants, paid internships and additional resources we find that can be available to them,” said Cano.

About COPE
College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE) is a collaborative initiative between CUNY and the Human Resources Administration, to assist qualified students enrolled in occupational degree programs. COPE provides enhanced academic and comprehensive support services such as: individual and group advisement on a variety of issues; Metro cards; fair hearing requests and assistance; TRE policies and procedures, preparation of school letters and ACD 548 forms; monitor attendance and compliance of students assigned to work-study or internship; WEP Assistance; and employment counseling, coaching, and placement. The COPE/ Mitsui USA Scholarship is a project between the City University of New York and the Mitsui USA Foundation for COPE.

About the Mitsui Foundation
The Mitsui USA Foundation, established in 1987 in New York, is Mitsui USA's charitable arm for active, good corporate citizenship, running programs in U.S. communities where the company does business.

Historically, the Foundation placed an emphasis on higher education and employee-related efforts, and has recently enhanced its giving to include the disabled community.

Annually, the Foundation supports about 50 projects across the U.S., with 50 percent of the budget targeted for education, most in support of its named programs, primarily for college level scholarships, study abroad, forums and fellowships in the area of international affairs and high school level international exchanges to Japan.

For more information, go to: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/programs/notable/cope/scholarships.html

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 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
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513


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