About Us

The League is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is the advancement of Puerto Rican/Hispanic women through higher education.  The proceeds of all our events go toward the funding of our Scholarship Program, a most worthy cause of which we should all be extremely proud. The League’s Scholarships are $1,000  each, and are granted to Puerto Rican undergraduate women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community.  The League receives no government funding and our Scholarships are supported by community donations.

Since 2009, the League has presented 114 Scholarships at our Scholarship Galas held at the Marina Del Rey in the  Bronx, for a grand total of $114,000 in scholarships.

We encourage and welcome you and those you know to join and support the League as Members, Contributors, or Sponsors, and to attend our events.  Your membership and financial support empowers Puerto Rican women to overcome the economic obstacles that would prevent them from earning their college degree.  Discover the power to make a difference by supporting the League and making an investment in the future of Puerto Rican women.

The League is one of the few organizations in the nation whose focus is on the advancement of the Puerto Rican woman through higher education.  We hope that we can count on you to support the League’s Scholarship Program, and we appreciate and thank you for your loyalty and generosity.

In 2019, we presented 12 scholarships to Puerto Rican/ Hispanic undergraduate women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community.  Five of these Scholarships are financed by the League’s chief sponsor for the past twelve years:  the New York Yankees, to whom we are supremely  grateful.

We were also proud to have had the following role models as our 2019 Scholarship Gala honorees:

Woman of the Year: Carmen J. Villa-Lugo, Esq. Chairwoman, Acacia Network

Man of the Year: Miguel A. Fuentes, Jr., President/CEO, BronxCare Health System (not in picture)

Education Award: Dr. Anna Flores Locke, Director, Clinical Internship, Nyack College

Labor Leader Award: Lourdes Acevedo, Recording Secretary, CWU Local 1180

Public Service Award: Sgt. Jessica Hernandez, President, Latino Court Officers Society

Business Award: Maryjane Vargas-Rios, Owner, The MJ Treatment

Public Health Service Award: Dr. Diana Hernandez, Asst. Prof., Columbia University


2019 Scholarship Recipients: 

Boricua College: Yamila Amari, Angelic Oliveras and Nicole Rivera-Batista

Hunter College: Emilyanne Rodriguez

Kingsborough Community College: Delilah Rivera

Lehman College: Eneida Alvarado, Syndellise Ortega-Rodriguez, Ashley Pena and Dianis Rivera

Nyack College: Giselle Flores


2018 Honorees 

Woman of the Year:  Honorable Judge Wilma Guzman, President, Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York 

Man of the Year: Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President of the University at Albany, State University of New York

Education Awards:

Carmen Diaz-Malvido, CEO, ASPIRA of New York and  Luis Torres, Principal, Community School 55, in the Bronx 

Business Award:  Victoria Rodriguez, VJR Enterprises, LLC 

Community Service Award:  Angel M. Santini Palos, President,  Comite Noviembre 

Labor Leader Award:  Elizabeth Perez, UFT, Brooklyn Borough Representative, NYSUT Board of Directors  and

Nelson Rivera, Administrative Vice President, Transport Workers Union, Local 100 

Special Recognition Awards:

Maria Aponte, Asst. Dir., Global Diversity & Inclusion, Fordham University Career Services

Miriam Quiles, Teacher, PS 160, Brooklyn


2018 Scholarship Recipients:



Neysha Beltran, University of Puerto Rico

Amy Canales, Long Island University

Theresa Del Toro, Lehman College

Llovizna Disla, Bronx Community College

Felicity Martinez, University of Alabama

Yesenia Morales, Adelphi University

Anabel Moreno, Lehman College

Juliann Negron, Marist College

Yajaira Perez, Boricua College

Natasha Santiago, Lehman College

Ariel Vargas, Lehman College

Brianne Yap, Western Oregon University


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


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


2016 Gala Honorees:


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 & Scholarship Fund 

EDUCATION AWARD:  Erminia Claudio, Executive Director of Operations, Council of School Supervisors &  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

2016 Gala Special Recognition Honorees:


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

2015 Gala Honorees:

2015 HONOREES (2)

Top Row with Awards:  Dr. Gonzalez and Lt. Torres

Bottom Row with Awards:  Ms. Graciani, Ms. O’Toole, Ms. Zalduondo-Henriquez, and Mr. Ramos

  • 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
    • 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, NYC Fire Department

2015 Gala Special Recognition Honorees:2015 SPEC REC (2)

  • Master Sergeant John Escalante, United States Marine Corps
  • Joy L. Flores, Firefighter, New York City Fire Department
  • Juan Ortiz, Secretary/Treasurer, SSEU Local 371
  • Elizabeth Quinones, United States Marine Corps
  • Ana Soto, Educational Art Consultant, New York City Department of Education

2013 GALA HONOREES: IMG_6610Woman of the Year:  Carmen Alvarez, Vice President for Special Education, UFT

Man of the Year:  Santos Crespo, Jr., President, Local 372, N.Y.C. , B.O.E. Employees

Lifetime Achievement Awards: 

Abraham Cruz, Vice Pres. Admissions, Boricua College

Chief Evelyn A. Mirabal, Chief of Department, N.Y.C. Department of Corrections

Health Services Award:  Myrna I. Cardiel, M.D., Asst. Prof., NYU Langone Medical Center

Education Award:  Robert E. Diaz, Esq., Vice Pres., Legal Affairs, Bor. Man. Comm. Coll.

Businesswoman Award:  Maribel Gonzalez, Owner, South of France Restaurant

2013 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS:IMG_6559Elba Cabrera, Dir., Hostos Comm. Coll. Foundation

Anthony R. DiMartino, Jr., Program Coordinator, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital

Angel Giboyeaux, Administrative Vice President, TWU, Local 100 

Marybeth Melendez, Office of Disability Services, College of Staten Island

Carmen Z. Quinones, District 8 Representative, UFT, Bronx

Hector Ruiz, Jr., 2nd Vice Chair, UFT Para-Professional Chapter

Denise Olivera Schira, Dep. Network Leader, Dir. Of Student Services, N.Y.C. Dept. of Education, CSA Executive Board Member

Estela Isabel Soto, M.D., Spine Surgeon & Assistant Professor, University of Buenos Aires

Mayra E. Torres, Assistant Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College

Neida Vargas, Bronx Branch Manager, Municipal Credit Union

2013 Gala:  Ms. Rita DiMartino, CUNY Trustee, front and center at a CUNY table with CUNY staff and students.



2012 Elena GoldbergWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Elena Goldberg Velazquez, Esq., President, Puerto Rican Bar Association

2012 Gala Wiley Roz Edie (2)MAN OF THE YEAR: Jose M. Wiley, M.D., Asst. Prof., Cardiology/ Radiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

DSC_0348Woman of the Year in Hispanic Civil Rights: Ralina Cardona, New York State Director, LULAC


2012 Gala Raquel et alRaquel Julich, Foreign Radio, Major League Baseball (top row, in the middle)

DSC_0324 (2)Dr. Antonio Perez, President, Borough of Manhattan Community College       

DSC_0329Federico Perez, Educator

DSC_0336Yolanda Pumarejo, Executive Vice President, Social Service Employees Union Local 371



2012 Gala 4 Men Special Recognition2012 Gala 6 Special Recognition (2)

Dr. Fernando Arzola, Jr., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Nyack College

Dolores Batista, Board of Directors, Hostos Community College Foundation

Carlos Blanco, Regional Manager, Affinity Health Plan

Evelyn DeJesus, Manhattan Borough Rep., United Federation of Teachers

Iris Jimenez-Hernandez, Exec. Dir., Lincoln Health Center

Mario Matos, Jr., Board of Directors, Municipal Credit Union

Arlene Ortiz-Allende, Sr. VP of St. Barnabas Hospital

Michael A. Padilla, Branch Manager, Hudson City Savings Bank

Anita Gomez-Palacio, Executive Director Operations, C. S. A.

Nancy Rosario-Rodriguez, Dir., L.I./Westchester BETLA Fordham University



WOMAN OF THE YEAR:  DR. ANITA VAZQUEZ BATISTI, Associate Dean & Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, Fordham Graduate School of Education, Manhattan NY

MAN OF THE YEAR:  RAY NEGRON, Sports Executive, New York Yankees 


DR. CARMEN COBALLES-VEGA, Provost, Hostos Community College

DR. EDWIN MELENDEZ, Director, Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos, Hunter College    

 ANITA VELEZ-MITCHELL, Poet, Writer, Performer 




AWILDA CORDERO, Founder, Emergency Rights, Inc., Bronx, N.Y.

MARIA FALCON, Assistant Principal, P. S. 5, Bronx

BRUNILDA FREYTES, Assistant Principal, M.S. 328, Manhattan, N.Y.

ANA GARCIA REYES, Director, International Programs, Hostos Community College

NANCY GENOVA, Program Director, Prenatal, Care, Bronx Lebanon Hospital

ROBERTO HERNANDEZ, Principal, Grace Dodge Technical School, Bronx, N.Y.

BERNARD LOPEZ, Director, Field Service Teams, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

ANA R. BARRIS LOZADA, Teacher, P.S./M.S. 218, District 9, Bronx, N.Y. 

DARLENE MERCADO, Supervisor, Counseling & Advisement, EOC Center, SUNY @ Buffalo

YOLANDA PAUZE, President, United University Professions, SUNY @Farmingdale

ZACARIAS RIVERA, Jr., English Teacher, Legacy School for Integrated Studies, H.S. 429, NY,NY

ISRAEL SOTO, Principal, P.S. 57, Manhattan, N.Y.


IMG_8135 Edie Honorees Roz Woman of the Year in Government Service:

Carol Robles-Román, Esq., Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs,  Office of the Mayor,  City of New York

Woman Labor Leader of the Year:

Carmen Flores, Co-Chair, DC 37 Latino Heritage Committee, Vice Chair, Social Service Chapter, Local 1549, New York City

Man of the Year in Education:

José M. Vargas,  UFT Bronx Borough Representative

Lifetime Achievement Awards in Education:

Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President, College of Staten Island, S.I., N.Y.

Iris De Jesus DeLutro, Vice President of the Professional Staff Congress


IMG_8117 Edie Special Recog

Carmen Aquino, Office Manager/Press Officer, Office of N.Y.C. Councilmember Arroyo

Dr. Roberto Calderín, Adjunct Professor, Lehman College, Bronx, N.Y.

Marilyn Custodio, Assistant Principal, P.S. 60Q, Woodhaven, N.Y.

Betty Gonzalez-Soto, Principal,  S. 211, Bronx, N.Y.

Miriam M. Gonzalez, Esq., Court Representative, Settlement Division, Office of the N.Y.C. Comptroller.

Mel Guadalupe, Director,Office of Minority Affairs, Suffolk County

Aurea A. Manguál,  President,  La Fiesta Folklórica Puertorriqueña, Inc.

Alfredo Thiebaud, President and owner of Delicioso Coco Helado Inc.


Edie and Honorees

Woman of the Year: Shirley Rodriguez Remeneski , President, 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.

Man of the Year: Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, President, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Rita Di Martino, Trustee, City University of NY

Justice Luis A. Gonzalez, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, N.Y.S. Supreme Court, 1st Judicial Dept.


Cassandra CarloCassandra Carlo, UFT Educational Liaison & Political Action Coordinator

Magaly CarmenatyMagali Carmenaty, Assistant Principal, P.S. 27 Agnes Y. Humphrey School for Leadership, Brooklyn, NY

2009 NYLPRW Bio Picture Eva GarciaEva Garcia, Director, N.Y.S. Bronx BETAC, Fordham University   

LIllian Garcia 2009Lillian Garcia, Resource Specialist at N.Y.S. Bronx BETAC, Fordham University

AnthonyJimenez (2)Anthony Jimenez, Guidance Counselor, Brentwood High School, Long Island, New York