April 11, 2011 (New York) – Fifteen academically accomplished Hostos students, facing financial hardship, were awarded $1,000 dollars each on Friday, April 8th at the Hostos Gallery as part of The CUNY Bronx Scholarship Fund. President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez welcomed the reception and congratulated the students for their “Commitment to Excellence and indicated that, “The CUNY Bronx Scholarship Fund is the only program in CUNY that brings together three colleges to collaborate for the benefit of students in financial need. We are thrilled that the CUNY Bronx schools lead this effort.”
President Matos also recognized the work of Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations and the CUNY Bronx Scholarship Selection Committee composed of Joseph Alicea, Director of Financial Aid, Carol Kashow, Director of the Athletic Department, Jason Libfeld, Coordinator of the Student Leadership Academy and Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations selected fifteen high achieving students in need of financial assistance. The students are: Aboudabaki Boukari, Sarah Delany, Jose Hance, Qudus Lawal, Manuel Mercedes, Tiffany Nicoles, Yuly Rodriguez, Tatiana Rodriguez, German Santos, Jean Soumah, Lesny Suazo, Katherine Triunfel, Elizabeth Vargas, Anel Vicente and April Walker.
Ana M. Carrión-Silva, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Nydia R. Edgecombe thanked the Hostos donors of the Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund: GEICO, Sovereign/Santander Universities, Affinity Health Plan, Bronx Chamber of Commerce, New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Gerlad J. Meyer, Mrs. Idelsa Mendez, Class of 2005, Mrs. Dolores Batista-Allstate, Luis Lucero, MBJ and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Madio and A1 Food Distributor.
About Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund
The Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund was created in 2006 by the late Elias Karmon, “Dr. Bronx,” and Mr. Serafin U. Mariel, Founder of the New York National Bank. Their effort brought a first-time collaboration of the Bronx CUNY colleges (Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College and Lehman College) to help some of the most financially in need students pursue their degree. Since the Fund began, the Bronx CUNY Scholarship Fund has made it possible for some 200 students, who prove academic excellence, continue their education at one of the City’s exemplary public colleges.
Hostos Student Leadership Academy
The Purpose of the Hostos Community College Student Leadership Academy is to create and coordinate college-wide academic and co-curricular experiences that will prepare students to be effective global citizens who are engaged in transforming their communities through scholarship, work and volunteer service.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio Maria 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.
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