The New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.

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Dear Friends,  I welcome all of you to our website, which is a tribute to our non-profit organization whose mission is the advancement of Puerto Rican/Hispanic women through higher education.  The League’s motto is:  “EDUCATE A WOMAN AND YOU EDUCATE A FAMILY.”

We are proud to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2017 scholarships for which the application can be downloaded from the COLLEGE AWARD section of our website.

We are also happy to announce that our 2017 College Awards Gala Dinner Dance will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx, from 6pm to 10pm.  Further information can be found under the EVENTS section of our website, from which you can download our Dinner Dance Response Card.  Our Commemorative Jounal Ad Form can be downloaded from our SPONSORSHIP section.  

Members of the League will be entitled to a $100 discount off the Gala ticket price, and a Membership Application form can be downloaded from our MEMBERSHIP section.

Last year, the League held its 2016 College Awards Gala Dinner Dance on August 25, 2016 at the Marina Del Rey, and a great time was had by all.  

At this Gala, we presented 10 College Award scholarships to Puerto Rican/ Hispanic undergraduate women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community.  Five of these College Awards were financed by the League’s chief sponsor for the past seven years:  the New York Yankees, to whom we are most grateful.

I am also so very proud to announce that the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. has made history by being the very first Puerto Rican/Hispanic women’s organization to be honored by the New York Yankees, six years in a row, at their Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, in on-field ceremonies at Yankee Stadium, from 2011 through 2016.  We have also posted a picture of the September 9, 2016 event on our Facebook page:  This recognition of the League, underscores the Yankees’ commitment to the League’s mission.


2016 COLLEGE AWARD RECIPIENTS: studentsLaura Aguilera, University of Buffalo

Yachira Camacho, York College

Alicia Chevalier, Nyack College

Michelle Endara, Boricua College

Ashely Gonzalez, College of Westchester

Samara Lugo, College of Staten Island

Eunice Melendez, Bor. Man. Commty. College

Marilyn Rodriguez, Nyack College

Eva Soto, Boricua College

Xylina Ulloa, Buffalo State College (absent)

Below are some pictures depicting our event. 

2016 GALA HONOREES:honorees


Dr. Betty Rosa, Chancellor, NYS Education Dept., Board of Regents


Dr. David Gomez, President, Hostos Community College


Maria Elena Girone, President, Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund


Erminia Claudio, Executive Director of Operations, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators


Teresa A. Santiago, Chairperson, Comite Noviembre


Hedy Marin-Manzke, President, Hmmm… Graphics


Dr. Luz Amarilis Lugo, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Health Program

2016 Special Recognition Awards:3-special-recognition

Felipe Ayala, Jr., Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dept. of Education, Office of Post Secondary Readiness

Maria Dominquez, Visual Artist, former Head of Education Dept., El Museo Del Barrio

Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz, Associate Professor, Boricua College

The League’s focus is on the Puerto Rican woman and her ability to provide a better life for herself and her family by obtaining a college degree.  The League strives to offer, annually, College Awards of $1,000.00 each to Puerto Rican/Hispanic undergraduate women with a GPA of 3.0 and no failing grades.  

We present these scholarships by depending solely on the support and generosity of the community, since we do not receive any government grants.  Our goal is to increase the number of College Award recipients each year.  In order to do so, we look to the generosity of our friends, members, supporters, contributors and sponsors to accomplish this goal.  The League asks that you spread the word throughout the community about our College Awards Program so that all eligible students can apply.

We welcome you to explore our web site for information on past College Award recipients, Gala Dinner Dances, and the Sponsorship / Contribution Form and College Award Application Form, both of which can be downloaded.  We encourage you to join the League in support of our College Awards Program, as a Member, Sponsor and/or Contributor, and to participate in our activities.  No contribution is too small.

We trust that you will continue to be one of our loyal supporters, and please accept our heartfelt thanks for your gracious generosity.

Con Cariño,

Dara Lustgarten, President

- Educate a woman, and you educate a family -