Ten seniors in Yonkers High Schools were awarded $25,000 in college scholarships today under a program sponsored by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA) that promotes higher education as well as economic development.
“These scholars will get a financial boost from this program, thanks to their hard work as well as the generosity of the donors,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, who chairs the YIDA and presented the scholarships in an afternoon ceremony at City Hall.
Under the program, the YIDA awarded tax incentives several years ago to the Wishcamper Group to build the Parkledge Apartments, and Wishcamper agreed to annually fund $25,000 in scholarships for ten years.
The students, who must be graduating in 2017, are chosen according to academic standing and faculty and community recommendations.
“This is a great program that gives students a welcome financial boost to start their college careers,” said Spano, “We know they will make their families and Yonkers proud as they go forward.”
This year’s Scholarship winners include:
Stefania Quarcoo, Lincoln High School
Josmerlyn Santos, Lincoln High School
Daron West, Lincoln High School
Victoria Callender, Palisades Prep
Keyla Melendez-Bonilla, Palisades Prep
Lisette Lantigua, Riverside High School
Jason Burgos, Roosevelt High School
Ashia Lee, Roosevelt High School
Maya Anderson, Saunders High School
Yamilka Restituyo, Sacred Heart High School
Contact: Christina Gilmartin