Record number of college scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors in the fall of 2015
Financial support for 61 students in Rochester, Monroe, Livingston and Ontario counties will come from Ibero, community partners, businesses, supporters and new donors
A collaborative effort between Ibero and outside organizations and businesses has resulted in a record number of college scholarships for 61 high school seniors in Rochester and the surrounding area. These students will be recognized for their outstanding academic performance and community involvement at Ibero’s Annual Gala and Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Awards event on Saturday, July 11th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
“In a city (Rochester) where the high school graduation rate among Hispanic students is 43 percent, it’s more important than ever to recognize the accomplishments of these high school seniors while still supporting current students,” says Ibero’s Associate Director of Youth Services, Jessica Wilson. Out of the 61 students, 22 will be graduating from the Rochester City School District.
Scholarship donors include: The Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Rochester Cornerstone, Robert Thompson from Excellus and his wife Bonnie Devinney, the Rochester Hispanic Business Association, the Rochester Latino Rotary Club, the Puerto Rican Festival, First Capital Payments and several other individuals that have partnered up with Ibero to provide scholarships for the first time.
“The theme for this year’s scholarship gala is You are the key to their future because of the role that the community plays in supporting the academic success of students. By working together, we give others the tools they need to establish themselves and pursue their goals. It is so important to support today’s youth. In this case we are recognizing Latino students, however, we work with students, individuals and families of all backgrounds,” says Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications, Tricia Cruz.
High school students in the 2015 scholarship group attend schools in the Rochester City School District, Brighton, Gates, Geneva, Geneseo, Greece, Hilton, Honeoye-Falls Lima, Irondequoit, Leroy, Midlakes, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor and Webster. Each student had to submit an application with supporting documentation, which included recommendation letters and essays. Students demonstrated profound experiences and insight into their backgrounds and come from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
This year’s keynote speaker for the gala will be Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Established in 1968, Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that works with people of all backgrounds. Through hands-on learning, Ibero helps children, youth, families and individuals with developmental disabilities transition into the classroom, the workforce and the community. In recent months, Ibero has received numerous awards for its successful work in the community.