June 10, 2016
NEARLY 700 PEOPLE TURN OUT FOR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER THAT AWARDS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO STRONG ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
STUDENTS AND FAMILIES RECOGNIZED AT THE FLOREANO ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH
A growing collaboration among Ibero, local organizations, businesses, and individuals in the community had led to another record number of college scholarships for students in Monroe County and the surrounding area. A total of 63 high school seniors with strong academic achievement and community engagement have qualified to receive a college scholarship in 2016.
“When I received an Ibero scholarship in 2012, it empowered me and my family both. It made us believe that anything is truly possible and reinforced the fact that hard work does pay off,” says Luis Rodriguez, a recent college graduate and one of Ibero’s many success story who will be at this year’s gala.
Student Success Story – On the Road to Success
Luis’ strong work ethic qualified him for several scholarships upon graduating from the Rochester City School District as a valedictorian. One of his scholarships was from the Farash Foundation, as he pursued a business management major at St. John Fisher College. Scheduled to graduate in May of 2016, Luis has already secured a full-time job at a local financial services company and has been accepted into Fisher’s MBA program. In his last semester at Fisher, Luis completed an internship in Ibero’s Office of Development and Communications. Due to his exceptional skills, he was able to lead classes on financial literacy.
Professional Success Story – Giving Back
Paychex Systems Development Manager Pedro Morales is another success story. He received an Ibero scholarship 20 years ago. At a recent 20 year anniversary celebration for his fraternity Phi Iota Alpha at Rochester Institute of Technology, he joined his fellow fraternity brothers in presenting at least one college scholarship to Ibero’s scholarship program.
“The impact is great because we end up coming to school not knowing where we’re going to find the funds to go, and any little amount of money counts for food; it counts for books and for all those little necessities you don’t know you need. It just makes a world of difference. And for me, when I understood the organization that actually gave me the money (Ibero), it was such a great partnership knowing that there was an organization in Rochester that really cared about the community,” says Morales.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
This year’s applicants come from the Rochester City School District, the suburbs, private schools and towns outside of Monroe County. Their roots are in Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Spain. Their stories are very diverse. Their majors are in health, business, education, media, science, engineering and several other fields. Scholarship donors include: Catholic Courier, ConServe, Dale Carnegie of Rochester, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, HOLA, Ibero, PR Festival, Rochester Latino Rotary Club, Rochester Hispanic Business Association, MCC, Phi Iota Alpha, and The Summit FCU. Individual donors include: Arthur Hirst, Danny Vega, Milton Pichardo, Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez, and Roger Brandt.
The application process is led by Ibero’s Hispanic Scholarship Committee and chair Grace Tillinghast, an educator, Kodak retiree and active member of the community.
2016 Annual Gala and Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Awards
This year’s gala will recognize students on Saturday, June 4th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Cocktail and photos will run from 5:30 to 6:30 followed by the evening’s program. Students are scheduled to take the stage between 7:30 – 8:30pm.
The keynote speaker is Luis Rodriguez, a recent graduate from St. John Fisher College and current MBA student, also at Fisher. Additionally, Luis graduated from the RCSD as a valedictorian and received an Ibero scholarship in 2012. He completed an internship at Ibero in April of 2016.
For more information or to schedule media interviews, please contact Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications Tricia Cruz-Irving at email@example.com or by calling or texting 585-261-5117.
Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds. Some programs target the Latino community, such as the Hispanic Scholarship Program and our new radio station El Poder Latino 97.1 FM. Established in 1968, Ibero’s mission is to build stronger families and greater self-sufficiency. Our four main divisions are: Children, Youth, Family, and Developmental Disabilities.