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 happy to announce that our 2018 College Awards Gala Dinner Dance will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx.  

Last year at our 2017 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 are financed by the League’s chief sponsor for the past ten years:  the New York Yankees, to whom we are most grateful.

We were also proud to have had the following role models as our 2017 Gala honorees:


WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  Evelyn DeJesus, UFT, Vice President for Education

MAN OF THE YEAR:  Dr. José Luis 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


Bill Aguado, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts (retired)

Beatriz Ahorrio, Director of Registration & Assessments, Boricua College

Pastor Jonathan Roque, Bishop, Council of Christian Churches international



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.

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 -



Liana Amadeo,  Nyack College (absent)

Yamilet Cortes-Gil, Bard College

Luz E. Lopez, College of Westchester  

Jessica Martinez, Lehman College

Chasity Renta, Lehman College

Barbara Robles, Boricua College (absent)

Leilani Roman, Lehman College

Adelaida Rosario, Hostos Community College 

Iris J. Rosario, NJ Institute of Technology 

Kaitlin Rosario, Boricua College