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BIC trio wins LAGRANT Foundation national scholarships

Charisse Holder and Erica Lopez
LAGRANT Foundation scholarship recipients Charisse Holder and Erica Lopez.

Charisse Holder, Sean Feol-Baugh and Erica Lopez, all from The City College of New York’s Masters in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC) program, are recipients of 2017 LAGRANT Foundation scholarships.  The scholarships support students from ethnically diverse backgrounds pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. Twenty graduate students nationally have been honored by the Los Angeles-based LAGRANT Foundation (TLF).

Holder, a resident of Valley stream, N.Y., is in BIC’s strategic management track.  She received her undergraduate degree in international marketing and business communications from Baruch College.

Jamaican-born Feol-Baugh, who lives in Brooklyn, is in the management/planning track. He earned a BA in media and communications from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.

Lopez is a Manhattan resident working in the nonprofit sector and as a freelance journalist. Her credits include ABC News, CNN and Fox News. She studied English and journalism at SUNY Albany.

This is the fourth year in a row -- in BIC's four years of existence -- that The LAGRANT Foundation has selected BIC students for this highly selective scholarship. Fred Garcia and Amber Jackson, BIC '15, Donna Dei-Baning, BIC '16, Dalisbeth Galvez, Melissa Julien, and Priscilla Parra (BIC '17) received the $5,000 scholarship in 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively. With the addition of this year's recipients, BIC has now received the most scholarships given to a school/program on the east coast, including NYU, Columbia University and the entire CUNY.

TLF is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships this year, the 19th anniversary of the program. The recipients include 30 undergraduates.

About The LAGRANT Foundation

Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation has provided $2.13 million and 411 scholarships to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its major donors and supporters, TLF provides  scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentorships and internships/entry-level positions to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Today more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship.  Now celebrating its 170th anniversary, CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.



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