The New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.

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Dear Friends,  I welcome all of you to our web site, 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.”

As President of the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc., I am humbled to have been selected to receive the EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR award by the Junior Achievement of New York organization, and to be presented on September 21, 2015.

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, five years in a row, at their Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, in on-field ceremonies at Yankee Stadium, from 2011 through 2015.  We will be posting pictures after the event on Saturday, September 12, 2015.  This recognition of the League, underscores the Yankees’ commitment to the League’s mission.

The League held its 2015 College Awards Gala Dinner Dance on August 20, 2015 at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx, and a great time was had by all.  

The League presented 12 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.



Below are some pictures depicting our event. 


Woman of the Year:  Milagros Baez O’Toole, Board Chair, Acacia Network, Inc. 

Man of the Year:  Dr. Robert Gonzalez, retired Assistant Commissioner of Education & Research, NYC Police Department 

Lifetime Achievement Award:  

Zoraida Graciani, Owner, Zoraida’s Coquitos and

Hector Ramos, New York/Puerto Rico Media Specialist 

Education Award:  Paulette Zalduondo-Henriquez, President, 100 Hispanic Women – Westchester Chapter 

Public Service Award:  Lt. Jorge Luis Torres, President, Hispanic Society, New York City Fire Department 

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Special Recognition Awards:

Master Sergeant John Escalante, USMC

Joy L. Flores, Firefighter, New York City Fire Department

Juan Ortiz, Secretary/Treasurer, SSEU Local 371

Sgt. Elizabeth Quinones, USMC

Ana Soto, Educational Art Consultant, NYC Dept. of Education

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EUNICE In February of 2015, the Board of Directors of the New York League of Puerto Rican Women welcomed Eunice Santiago as its Vice President.  Eunice has a Bachelors Degree of Applied Science from Boricua College, and for the past three years she has held the position of Executive Assistant / Operations Manager and Program Coordinator at Samaritan Village.  She has also worked at Boricua College and Sol Goldman Investments.  Eunice has performed extensive community service as a Teacher, in Community Outreach, and as an HIV/AIDS Intake Counselor.  But Eunice’ claim to fame is that she is the very first NYLPRW, Inc. College Award Recipient to be on our Board of Directors.  We are proud to have Eunice join our team.

Pictured below are the five College Award Recipients sponsored by the Yankees in 2014 together with  the NYLPRW, Inc. President, Dara Lustgarten:

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Five College Award Recipients sponsored by the Yankees in 2014

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 -