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 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.
We are proud to have the following role models as our Gala honorees:
WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Evelyn DeJesus, UFT, Vice President for Education
MAN OF THE YEAR: Dr. José L. Cruz, President, Lehman College
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Debra Martinez, President, Grand Council of Hispanic Societies in Public Service
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. Victor Alicea, President, Boricua College
BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD: Margie Santos, President/CEO, Synergy Network Worldwide
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Tino Hernandez, President / CEO, Samaritan Daytop Village
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS:
Bill Aguado, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts (retired)
Beatriz Ahorrio, Bursar, Boricua College
Pastor Jonathan Roque, Bishop, Council of Christian Churches international
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: https:/
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.
WOMAN OF THE YEAR:
Dr. Betty Rosa, Chancellor, NYS Education Dept., Board of Regents
MAN OF THE YEAR:
Dr. David Gomez, President, Hostos Community College
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Maria Elena Girone, President, Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund
Erminia Claudio, Executive Director of Operations, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:
Teresa A. Santiago, Chairperson, Comite Noviembre
WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS AWARD:
Hedy Marin-Manzke, President, Hmmm… Graphics
HEALTH SERVICES AWARD:
Dr. Luz Amarilis Lugo, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Health Program
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.
Dara Lustgarten, President