June 6, 2017
For Immediate Release
IBERO AMERICAN ACTION LEAGUE WILL AWARD A RECORD NUMBER OF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN 2017
86 STUDENTS WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT IBERO’S ANNUAL GALA ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17: SPONSORED BY VISION AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
The Ibero American Action League is pleased to announce that 86 high school seniors will receive a college scholarship in 2017, a 34 percent increase compared to the 64 scholarship recipients in 2016.
Scholarships are provided through Ibero’s scholarship program and come from Ibero’s endowment fund, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Monroe Community College, and several other organizations, businesses, and individuals.
“We began this program with eight scholarships back in the nineties. The reason we are able to provide so many more scholarships now is because of our partners in the community who see the successful results from our work,” says President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher. “They know we are capable of bringing about profound change and building a stronger community for everyone who lives here.”
One of this year’s new scholarship providers is The ESL Charitable Foundation, which has provided a grant that will provide scholarships for 20 students.
“The ESL Charitable Foundation is pleased to support the Ibero College Scholarship program,” said Ajamu Kitwana, the Foundation’s executive director. “Education is key, if individuals are to succeed, and achieve prosperity. Our growth and development, as a community, depends upon our ability to educate our youth and to cultivate them for positions of leadership. The Foundation’s gift to the Ibero American Action League is s one way we can help invest in the future of our youth, and ultimately, in the future of our community.”
While Ibero serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds, the dual-language nonprofit also specializes in targeting the Latino community. One area of focus is education.
“Now is the time to invest in these amazing students. We must ensure that they can access the educational opportunities necessary to reach their full potential as the future innovators and leaders of our society,” says Director of Youth Services Luis Burgos.
Revenue from the Annual Gala Featuring Hispanic Scholarship Recipients will support Ibero’s Early Childhood Center at 777 Clifford Avenue in Rochester, a center that serves as a national model because of its award-winning program.
“We involve parents in every aspect of their child’s development and education, from establishing the curriculum to being a part of the hiring process and organizing activities. Our staff works with both children and parents to help them each achieve their goals as individuals and as a family,” says Director of Children and Family Stability Services Ida Perez.
Highlights of the Early Childhood Center include:
• Parent engagement rate of 95 percent
• Tele med office (in collaboration with the University of Rochester) that conducts a preliminary diagnosis of a sick child so parents do not have to miss work
• On-site nutritionist and full-service kitchen that provide healthy meals as part of the center’s focus on health and wellness
• Strong PTA that is included in all aspects of the center’s program, such as setting the curriculum, hiring staff, and organizing activities
The annual gala on Saturday, June 17 will take place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center starting at 5:30 pm. It will feature three emcees: WROC-TV anchor team Maureen McGuire and Adam Chodak, and Emeterio (Pete) Otero, a retired dean from Monroe Community College, long time educator and community advocate. The evening will feature entertainment by the Mambo Kings and a “live” auction that includes an autographed hockey stick donated by Rochester native and Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta.
Seats can be reserved by making a payment through http://iaal.org/donate/how-to-donate/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries or additional questions, please contact Director of Development and Communications Patricia Cruz-Irving by emailing email@example.com or by calling/texting 261-5117.
OTHER GALA SPONSORS:
• PREMIERE SPONSOR: VISION AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
• OUR PH-D SPONSOR: AVANGRID/RG&E
• OUR MASTERS SPONSORS: ANDERSON ARTS BUILDING
• OUR COLLEGE SPONSORS: BOB THOMPSON AND BONNIE DEVINNEY
• CITIZENS BANK, CONSERVE
• EXCELLUS BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
• ESL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
• MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
• ROCHESTER AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
• UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER
• THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR TABLE SPONSORS.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION GOES TO OUR IN-KIND SPONSORS: EXCELLUS BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD AND ROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTH.
Established in 1968, Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds with the unique ability to target the Latino community. The award-winning nonprofit prepares children for school, provides academic support to youth, assists families in strengthening their family unit, and works with individuals who have developmental disabilities to ensure they have a high quality of life. Ibero also owns and operates the only 24-hour dual-language radio station in Upstate New York, WEPL, El Poder Latino/Latino Power, 97.1 FM.