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Eighteen Hostos Students Received The Ernesto Malave Scholarship Fund Award

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 (New York) – Eighteen Hostos Community College students and several others from local, state and Florida colleges received the Ernesto Malave Scholarship Fund award during a ceremony held Tuesday May 10th at the College’s Art Gallery. Long-time corporate sponsors Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, 1199 SEIU and the Hostos MBJ Cafeteria cemented their commitment to Hostos and the efforts of the Alumni Relations Office of continually providing opportunity to academically promising students.

“Ernesto Malave represents the best of the many stories of Hostos and he is a great example of what the power of education can do. I am proud to have met him and he would be more proud to know that in his honor we are supporting exemplary students fulfill their academic dreams. He was an Hostos supporter to the very end,” indicated President Matos Rodríguez.

Representing Banco Popular was Vice President, Dawn Carillo, who was delighted in presenting Hostos with a check. Each recipient received $500 from the Ernesto Malave Scholarship Fund. Also in solidarity was Victor Rivera, Vice President of 1199 SEIU who’s investment in Hostos has been invaluable.

Banco Popular recipients: Enjoli Alamo, Ashlee Bustamente, Nicole Campudoni, Michael Cruz, Nadia García, David Méndez, Jeanette Lorenzo, Milagros Reynoso, Herminio Torres and Damaris Vega.

1199 SEIU Allied Health Recipients: María Acosta; Nimsi González; María Laboy; Sunshine Morel and Myra Román.

MBJ Cafeteria Recipients: Norma Cancel; Olga Lydia Reyes and Leida Santiago

Other Banco Popular Recipients: Mer Marie Melo, Florida International University; Edward López Queensborough Community College, CUNY; Katherine Lambert, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY; Sasha Hernández, Old Westbury, SUNY and Arielle Algarín, Hunter College, CUNY.

The Ernesto Malave Scholarship Fund was created in May 2010 in memory of the late Ernesto Malave, Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance of CUNY. Malave, a South Bronx raised Puerto Rican, unexpectedly died at the age of 51. His unforgettable presence at CUNY, where he rose from the bottom to positions of great responsibilities, marked a legacy of 30 years of leadership, service and loyalty. He was unwavering in his commitment of assuring access to higher education to students of Puerto Rican descent attending The City University of New York. The scholarship’s mission is to identify, nurture and prepare the Puerto Rican leaders of the next generation. The scholarship award is based on financial need and awarded to students in good academic standing, who also devote time and service within the community.

In the words of CUNY Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson: “Malave was an example to all those who believe in the power of education to change lives.  He was a Puerto Rican from the Bronx who exceeded many challenges and his achievements are an example of the success stories of CUNY.”

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Hostos Community College President; Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees at CUNY; Carina García of Univision 41; Carlos Velásquez, CEO of GALOS Corp., Madelyn Lugo, The National Puerto Rican Day Parade President; Dawn Carrillo, Vice President, Banco Popular; Victor Rivera, Vice President,1199 SEIU; Debra Martínez, Executive Director, Diversity Foundation and Lisette Nieves, a Brooklyn College alumna and the first Puerto Rican Rhodes Scholar, were in attendance at the event.

The production of the Ernesto Malave Scholarship Fund was coordinated by the Alumni Relations Office at Hostos Community College.

About Hostos Community College

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department 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 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión-Silva - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6579


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