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Scholarship 2011 (Velazquez)

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

SACI awards scholarship 2011

By Herman Santa

Scholarship winner 2011 Nancy Velazquez

The Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) awarded a scholarship to a local Hispanic student.  The recipient of the scholarship is Nancy Velasquez who was born in Guatemala and lives in  Indiantown.  Nancy is a student at South  Fork High School.   She will attend Indian River State College  to become a Nurse.

The student was selected as a winner for the year 2011 from more that 16 students who applied  for the scholarship of the club.  The award is presented each year by the club and is based on grades, academic accomplishments and economic needs.  This year scholarship committee chair is Herman Santa, co chair with Isa Bryson and Nancy Rozon  selected the students for their achievements, trustworthiness, character, responsibility, fairness, caring and academics.

The student was asked to write an essay in Spanish and submit letters of recommendation.  She was interviewed by the committee and was asked several questions concerning her goals and objectives and why she deserved the scholarship.  The student has been awarded $500 scholarships.  The (SACI) is a non profit organization.  The club was founded in 1992 by 9 Hispanics families from Martin and St. Lucie Counties to promote the Hispanic heritage and to unite the Hispanics on the Treasure Coast.

The SACI scholarship was established in 1992 for low income students.  Over 25 High School seniors from Martin and St. Lucie had benefited from the scholarships.  Over $13,000 has been awarded to local students.  The members organize monthly events, golf, bowling and dominoes tournaments, picnics and boat trips to raise funds for the scholarship and to run the club.