July 16, 2008

Two Dozen South Dade Students Receive Scholarships

By Casey Shaw, The Miami Herald

Jul. 16--For the 14th year in a row, the 20 South Florida Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers that created the Salute to Education program have awarded scholarships, including to two dozen students in South Miami-Dade.

Salute to Education was started in 1994 as a nonprofit organization that funds local students' college educations.

"We're happy to be a help to college students in any way we can. I met almost all 200 of this year's recipients [in Broward and Miami-Dade] and many of them sent me e-mails, saying they were very thankful," said Rebecca Klein of the Salute to Education program.

Dealership contributions and corporate support come from the Ford Division, Lincoln Mercury Division, Ford Credit and Ford Customer Service Division.

The program relies on the Scholarship Committee composed of Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers as well as business, educational, and civic leaders. This year, Salute to Education awarded its usual 100 scholarships to Miami-Dade high school seniors and 100 to Broward seniors.

Each $1,000 scholarship, which can be used only toward tuition, was made out to the student's college.

Two dozen of the winners attend schools in South Miami-Dade:

Coral Reef High: Stefanny Cortes (mathematics/computer science), Sarah Earp (performing arts), Charlotte Harlan (social science), Scott Levitt (natural science), Rekha Reddy (leadership/service).

Gulliver Preparatory School: Daniel Gonon (language arts & foreign language).

Homestead High: Cliford Mathelier (mathematics/computer science), Chimene Mathurin (vocational/technical & visual arts), Stephanie Moya (leadership/service).

Palmer Trinity School: Cam DiFede (athletics).

Palmetto High: Priscilla Cabrera-Kunhardt (leadership/service), Yunxin Jiao (natural science), Cui Lin (language arts & foreign language), Emma Miller (performing arts), Rui Yang (mathematics/computer science).

Southridge High: Joel Chavarria (performing arts), Rebecca Chavarria (language arts & foreign language), Carlys Roscoe-Jenkins (athletics), Michelle Sharp (language arts & foreign language), Charlotte Smith (natural science), Andres Zapata (leadership/service).

Robert Morgan Educational Center: Amanda Lara (athletics), Tamzid Rahman (natural science).

Westminster Christian School: Rachel Fernandez (athletics).


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