It is with a very heavy heart and deepest sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Dara Lustgarten, President, of the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. Dara was an inspiration to all who knew her, and she worked tirelessly to advance the cause of education. She will be sorely missed by all, especially those of us who worked closely with her to promote the mission of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, and
May Dara Rest In Peace.
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE
We 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, 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx. Our 10 distinguished honorees are:
WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Honorable Judge Wilma Guzman, President, Puerto Rican Bar Association of NY
MAN OF THE YEAR: Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President of the University at Albany (SUNY)
EDUCATION AWARD: Carmen Diaz-Malvido, Chief Executive Officer, ASPIRA of New York
EDUCATION AWARD: Luis E. Torres, Principal, CS 55, Benjamin Franklin School in the Bronx
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Angel Santini Palos, President, Comite Noviembre
LABOR LEADER AWARD: Elizabeth Perez, UFT, Brooklyn Borough Representative, NYSUT Board of Directors
LABOR LEADER AWARD: Nelson Rivera, Administrative Vice President, Transport Workers Union, Local 100
BUSINESS AWARD: Victoria Jenn Rodriguez, Founder/CEO, VJR Enterprises, LLC
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS:
Maria Aponte, Assistant Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Fordham University Career Services
Miriam Quiles, Teacher, PS 160, Brooklyn, UFT ELL Focus Group, NYSUT ELL Subcommittee
The 12 students being awarded scholarships represent the University of Puerto Rico: Neysha Beltran; Long Island University: Amy Canales; Lehman College: Theresa Del Toro, Anabel Moreno and Natasha Santiago; Bronx Community College: Llovizna Disla; University of Alabama: Felicity Martinez; Adelphi University: Yesenia Morales; Marist College: Juliann Negron; Boricua College: Yajaira Perez; Hostos Community College: Ariel Vargas; and Western Oregon University: Brianne Yap from the state of Hawaii.
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
SPECIAL RECOGNITION HONOREES:
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
2017 NYLPRW, INC. GALA HONOREES:
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:/
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.
Eunice Santiago, Interim President
- Educate a woman, and you educate a family -
2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
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