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50 Men & Women of Toledo, Inc. scholarship recipients includes three Libbey Latinos  


On June 9, 2006, 50 Men & Women of Toledo, Inc., presented its annual scholarship awards at the Great Hall at the Stranahan Complex in Toledo and included several Latinos.


Recipients of a $1500, non-restrictive, renewable four-year scholarship, requiring a 3.0 GPA or higher, four years of English, three years of mathematics and science and two years of social studies and foreign language included: Laticia Villarreal (Libbey/3.34 GPA), who plans on attending the University of Toledo to study political science.


The recipients of the James B. Simmons, Jr. Memorial Scholarship for $1500, non-restrictive and renewable for four years and requiring a 3.0 GPA or higher, four years of English, three years of mathematics and science and two years of social studies and foreign language, included: Alma Gómez (Libbey/3.65 GPA), attending Bowling Green State University to study criminal justice.


Pierre Maldonado (Libbey/3.83 GPA) was the recipient of the Mercy College Scholarship, where he plans to attend Mercy College to study nursing.


In its commemorative booklet, the following Latinos/Latinas were also listed as scholarship recipients: Belinda Banda, Alexis M. Barrientos, Dalia A. Córtez, Melinda Franco, Marissa D. Guerrero, Edgar A. Medellin, Julio S. Ramírez, and Olivia N. Villarreal. 


Former 50 Men & Women of Toledo, Inc. scholarship recipient and St. John’s Jesuit graduate, Greg Owens was this year’s keynote speaker. “Seldom do you have a graduate from Yale University that returns to his hometown,” said Judge C. Allen McConnell in his introduction of the speaker, adding that Owens attended Byrnedale School when McConnell’s wife was principal there.


The mission statement set forth in the program booklet reflects the group’s singleness of purpose, as well as the strong influence of its stalwart leader. “The 50 Men & Women of Toledo, Inc. are dedicated to helping as many minority youngsters as we can to plan for and secure a sound future through scholarship awards, educational career days/seminars, personal enhancement and growth through educational opportunities petitioned by minority students, career development, counseling and role modeling and other personal needs which may be petitioned by minority students.”


Geneva Chapman of Sojourner’s Truth contributed to this report.  





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