On Wednesday, February 24, the Hostos Community College Foundation presented The Virtual Third Annual Donor & Scholar Appreciation Event. Interim President Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis and Acting Provost Charles Drago introduced the program, extending their gratitude to our generous donors and celebrating our dedicated students' heart and determination.  

Hostos Community College Foundation Board Member and Chief Executive Officer and Founder of ATAX Franchise, Inc., Rafael Álvarez, spoke of how he personally relates to our students' journeys, as many of their experiences reflect his own. He shared that scholarships made opportunities possible for him. Now, as a Foundation Board Member and a donor, he works to provide those same opportunities to others. He urged our students to "Keep pushing; we really want you to achieve your dreams." 

Unitex Chairman Michael Potack, who established the Judith Z. Potack and Dorothy Hausberg Scholarship at Hostos, shared why he invests in the students of Hostos and encouraged others to do the same. "It is the responsibility of those who can to create opportunities for all. I hope all who can will join me in helping to make the journey less difficult for those students who need the support. It will undoubtedly be one of the best investments you ever make." 

Students and alumni related their personal stories of the transformational impact of scholarships in their lives and thanked all the donors who enable such opportunities at Hostos. Alumna Yudiris Rodríguez reflected that scholarships "Made me feel like I could make it. I am very proud of my accomplishments and what I have achieved, and I am proud to say that I am a Hostos graduate. Without these scholarships, I couldn't finish my education or have a place to live." Following the event's recorded portion, Hostos faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors participated in moving breakout room conversations. The Hostos Community College Foundation extends its profound thanks to all who attended and participated in this event.  

If you could not attend but wish to support student success, please visit our website to make a gift.  

You can still hear the inspiring testimonials of our students and donors by viewing the event here.