UPRAA grants Sixteen Scholarships to an Outstanding Group of Students in Puerto Rico!

upraa_scholOn Thursday, September 20th, 2016, the Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) awarded sixteen scholarships to a group of outstanding students who have demonstrated superior academic performance and financial need.

During an inspiring ceremony in the Botanic Garden of the University of Puerto Rico, the Interim President, Dr. Celeste Freytes Gonzalez, congratulated the students for their admirable efforts and praised UPRAA for their continued support to education. Along with our special guests were Academic Deans from Universities throughout the island, Mr Joe Vila, Community Outreach Manager of the Ford Fund, and several family members and friends.

Ten of these students received special scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) thanks to a generous grant from the Ford Fund and six others by contributions from Dominion Power.

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Janairis Colón
Sports Therapy, UPR Ponce

Josean Luciano Vázquez
Biotechnology, UPR Ponce

Stephanie C. Ruiz
Audiology, Ciencias Médicas

Lorraine N. Vélez Torres
Microbiology, Ciencias Médicas

Tatiana M. Matos Gascot
Pharmacy, Ciencias Médicas

Michelle N. Telón Sosa
Architecture, UPR Rio Piedras

Gretchen M. Carrasquillo Ramos
IT, UPR Rio Piedras

Hecbel M. Rodriguez Crespo
Clinic Psychology, UPR Rio Piedras

Valerie N. Rodriguez Hernández
Psychology Investigative, Rio Piedras

Paola J. Castello López
Chemistry, UPR Arecibo

Edgar O. Avilés Rosa
Animal Science, UPR Mayagüez

Camille Amaro-Berrocal
Marine Science, UPR Mayagüez

Jose Juan Fontán Pagán
Civil Engineering, UPR Mayagüez

Keishla Vallejo Muñoz
Civil Engineering, UPR Mayagüez

Alanis P. Delgado
Biotechnology, UPR Mayagüez

Doris M. Laguer
Geology, UPR Mayagüez

UPRAA was represented by four of its Board members: Dr Franklin A. Carrero, Dr. Jacob Lozada, Mr Richard A. Negron and Mr Jose O. Torres. “Today, our scholarship program offers students some badly needed relief from the troubled economic environment in Puerto Rico,” said Richard Negron, UPRAA Board member. UPRAA is doing its part to help our youth in Puerto Rico by giving back. “I hope that when these students reach the top of the success ladder they, too, emulate our example by reaching out and helping others,” said Richard.

Jose Torres, UPRAA’s Vice President, expressed how proud one feels when you are afforded the opportunity to support students in Puerto Rico and throughout the United States through scholarships. He asked all UPR Alumni and Friends to join UPRAA in support of our youth and to build a better tomorrow by giving back.

UPRAA thanks the Ford Fund and Dominion Power for their generosity and expresses very special thanks to Ms. Gloria Rodriguez, CEO of Comunicad and her Staff for their continued support and expertise provided during the coordination of this event.

Visit upraa.org to become a member and support our efforts. Also see the pictures of the scholarships awards ceremony coming soon!

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