Several scholarship recipients — José Colón Nogueras of
of Painesville, and Harry Quiñones
— spoke at the luncheon to share their respective stories. Two
are printed in La Prensa. There was also a presentation
in memory of Yeymi Cedeño.
More than $80,000 in scholarships were awarded at the event,
which took place at the College’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center in
Cleveland. The luncheon was sponsored by Tri-C’s Hispanic
“The Hispanic Council works to eliminate obstacles so students
can make a difference in our community,” said Esther C. Kraft,
program manager for the outreach organization. “We offer a
foundation that allows students to build toward success.”
Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year were awarded
through the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and
made possible through the support of many donors, including
AT&T and KeyBank. The Foundation established the
special scholarship fund in 2003 to provide financial assistance
to qualified Hispanic students.
“Thanks to the generosity of our partners, these scholarships
provide greater access to higher education,” said Megan
O’Bryan, president of the Tri-C Foundation. “This
investment in people opens doors for the region’s future
The Hispanic Council formed in 1993 to introduce Hispanic
students to the resources they need to succeed. More than 2,300
Hispanic students took classes at the College last year.
The Hispanic Council serves as a one-stop shop for
Hispanic students to receive guidance in everything from
academics to residency status. It also offers bilingual
assistance with enrollment, financial aid, class registration
and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
The organization also stays active in Northeast Ohio’s Hispanic
community through initiatives such as Bienvenidos a Cleveland,
a project assisting Puerto Rican families that relocated to
Cleveland following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
To learn more about Hispanic Council, contact Esther Kraft
at 216-987-5691 or
Editor’s Note: Additional photos taken by Mychal Lilly are
posted at laprensa1.com. Other photos courtesy of Tri-C.