Latinos get scholarships

WEST CHESTER -- The Latino Luncheon met recently in West Chester to celebrate the awarding of three scholarships the luncheon gave to students attending West Chester University.

The Latino Luncheon originated to bridge the gap and introduce employees at West Chester University with Hispanics working in Chester County. Originally Dr. Idna Corbett, Luz Hernandez, both from WCU, met with Leonard Rivera, Esq., Anna Rivera, his secretary, and Haydee Gullaksen, a community leader who also worked for Leonard, to eat lunch and socialize.

This group decided to meet the first Friday of every month. Twelve years later the group has grown to an average attendance of 45-50 guests who represent the Latino community and who enjoy sharing events happening in the community that others in the group may be interested in.

After years of enjoying each other’s company and becoming close friends, the group felt the need to do more. Luis Colmenares, Nelly Arevalo, Dr. Idna Corbett, Jose Colon and Leonard Rivera, decided to host a fund-raiser dinner and use the proceeds from the dinner to support a Latino student with scholarship money who was transferring or starting to attend West Chester University. The group hosted its first dinner last year and raised enough money to award two students $1,500.00 scholarships. This year, the Latino Luncheon hosted its second fund-raiser dinner and raised enough money to award four $1,500.00 scholarships to young Latino students who have demonstrated outstanding self-motivated spirit along with extraordinary records. On Sept. 6 the Latino Luncheon, along with its sponsors, presented three out of four scholarships to the students to assist in the cost of attending WCU.

This one-time scholarship is intended to help these students achieve their educational goals and can be applied toward any education-related costs, including textbooks, lab fees, and/or any other fees associated with their studies. This one-time scholarship is managed in collaboration with the West Chester University Foundation.

The 2013 Scholarships were made possible by the generous participation of our friends and sponsors: CoventryCares from HealthAmerica, DNB First, The Republican Committee of Chester County, Terence Farrell, a Chester County Commissioner, Mora Family Dentistry, Leonard Rivera Law, Jose Colon, Miguel Alban’s Avanti Seguros, Maria L. Novak, Migdalia DJ Latina, and Alan Randzin, former Chester County Treasurer. The scholarships could not have been made possible without the support of these sponsors and the many guests and friends who attended the dinner.

Nelly Arevalo stated it best, “It is the highlight in her life to be a part of this worthy cause and to help such worthy recipients.”