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    Lisbel Tavarez, recipient 2012 college scholarship


    2012 College Scholarship Recipient Lisbel Tavarez










    Cheyenne Bascoe

    2009 College Scholarship Awardeee Cheyenne Bascoe

    Cheyenne Bascoe is the first recipient to receive a scholarship from FLTSF that pays towards college tuition. Cheyenne is a New York resident, senior, and Honor Roll student, with perfect attendance at George Westinghouse Career/Technology High School in Brooklyn, NY.nCheyenne has strong leadership skills as demonstrated by her efforts to run for the school position of Secretary of Student Government, an election in which she won. She is presently Vice President of Student Government. She is also a member of her school’s leadership class, a program that requires that she rise each week at 5:45AM in order to reach school before class starts so that she can participate in the leadership program. With a GPA of 82.0 out of a possible 100, Cheyenne’s class rank is 23 out of a class of 210 students. Cheyenne wants to be a teacher. Cheyenne’s mother is a single parent raising two daughters, who at present has no income and is living on public assistance. Please read Cheyenne’s acknowledgement and notice of thanks below.“I thankfully accept this educational scholarship. I am confident that I am a determined, focused, and dedicated student. I firmly believe that I have the ability to succeed in all of my aspirations. I appreciate the assistance that I have been awarded because I have worked so hard. Receiving this scholarship will allow me the funding required to pay my college tuition. Though I have not decided which university I will attend in the fall, I am sure that when I make the decision it will be less stressful because I now have a solid foundation of financial assistance. I am so happy that I will have enough to cover my tuition, buy my textbooks, and finance all other resources that a first-year college student will need. I am grateful.”  December 2010, Cheyenne completed her first semester of college at Old Westbury College in Old Westbury, New York.  Her cummulative – GPA of 3.23.

    2007 Awardee Makeda Buggs

    Makeda Buggs

    17-year old Makeda Buggs received a scholarship for $355.00 to help pay for her travel and participation in the People to People Student Ambassador Tour. People to People enables young students the opportunity to travel abroad and learn about other cultures, while interacting with government officials. Through People to People Makeda visited Russia. As a result of her travel and experience, she returned to the states more confident and focuses on her education and potential career advancement. In 2010, Makeda received an additional grant award of $250.00 to help pay for her textbook.  This grant was made possible with a generous donation from contributors Gerry and Thomas Adams.  At the time of the award, Makeda was waiting to receive financial aid that would’ve helped her buy her books.  With the Adams’ support, we were able to be there to help Makeda when she most needed the assistance.  In December of 2010, Makeda completed her first semester of college at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida whe she is studying Pharmacology.    

    2005 Awardee- Ms. Heavenly Gaines
    Heavenly Gaines is a single parent with a seven year old son. Heavenly received an award in the amount of $1,675.00 to help augment her son’s seriously delinquent school tuition and other critical needs. At the time of the award, Heavenly was unemployed and facing severe financial hardship. The fund served as a down payment towards her son’s tuition and helped provide Heavenly with assistance to buy essentials such as food and toiletries.

    2003 Awardee-Shauna Rivers
    Ms. Shauna Rivers was our first scholarship recipient. Ms. Rivers is a single parent with a seven year old son, who was unemployed and residing in a battered women’s shelter at the time the award was provided. Shauna received an award of $400.00 which paid for the books and fee requirements in order to attend the Grace Institute of New York City. The Grace is a 100-year old educational organization providing the practical skills necessary to obtain employment as an Administrative Assistant. The Grace also helps students develop self-sufficiency. Since that time, Ms. Rivers has completed the training at the Grace and has also transitioned to permanent housing.

    2003 Awardee-Darlene Tanner
    Darlene Tanner is a single parent with a five year old son. At the time of the award Darlene had been unemployed for ten years. Darlene also resided in a battered women’s shelter. Ms. Tanner was provided mentoring and motivational assistance which helped to build her self confidence. Additionally, FLTSF supplied Darlene job placement assistance by introducing Ms. Tanner to Dress for Success, an organization that donates interview attire to women in need. The FLT Scholarship Fund also introduced Darlene to a recruiter with Citibank’s Wildcat program – a job readiness program affording displaced workers opportunities to advance in a new career. Citibank interviewed then hired Darlene as a Financial Associate. Since her initial hire, Darlene has been promoted to Customer Service Representative where she is highly respected and considered a valued employee.