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Nine high-achieving students receive CCNY community scholarships

CCNY President Lisa S. Coico [center] with the college's 2015 President’s Community Scholarship recipients. From left: Ruth Fernandez, Steven Cabrera, Melisa Dionicio, Brexnak Rojas, Anyelina Almonte, Mehedi Mondal, Dianne Reid, Nemesys Perez and Afua Broni.

Mehedi Mondal’s early years were challenging. Born in Brooklyn four weeks after his Bangladeshi immigrant parents arrived in New York, his father drove a cab while his mother worked as a cashier.

Thanks to a City College of New York President’s Community Scholarship, Mondal, now a Bronx resident, is the first in his family to attend college. The 18-year-old is one of nine high-achieving students from upper Manhattan high schools awarded scholarships to study free at City College.

“It’s given me a fighting chance to just study and not worry about tuition. Every penny counts when your parents are always working,” said Mondal, a graduate of Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in East Harlem.

A biology major, his career goal is to become a cardiac surgeon.

The other 2015 CCNY President’s Community Scholars are:

  • Anyelina Almonte, Gregorio Luperon HS;
  • Afua Broni, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School;
  • Steven Cabrera, HS for Media and Communications;
  • Melisa Dionicio, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics;
  • Ruth Fernandez, City College Academy of the Arts;
  • Nemesys Perez, Gregorio Luperon HS;
  • Dianne Reid, Frederick Douglass Academy;
  • Brexnak Rojas, HS for Health Careers and Sciences;

The freshmen, all from immigrant families, are the sixth cohort of Community Scholars since City College President Lisa S. Coico initiated the program in 2010 to strengthen the links between the institution and the neighboring community. To date, 53 students have received scholarships.

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