By Linnet Tse
On June 10, at the annual Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund (SAF) Awards Ceremony, a record number of scholarships were awarded to Mamaroneck High School’s Class of 2019. Sixty-three two-year scholarships representing a commitment of over $426,000 were given to 16% of the graduating class.
An all-volunteer organization, the SAF was established 82 years ago to help MHS students afford their dream of a college education. Funds for the scholarships come from its over 500 current donors.
Addressing the students, School Board representative Gladys DiVito urged them to “embrace this award, make it count, be proud, be thankful and give back.” Keynote speaker Maritza Angeles Gonzales, who graduated from MHS in 2015 and was also a Student Aid Fund Scholarship recipient, challenged the scholarship recipients to “DREAM BIG… don’t ever stop fighting, and don’t ever let yourself or others limit your capabilities.”
Highlights of the evening included the presentation of several special scholarships. In commemoration of their 50th reunion, the Mamaroneck High School Class of 1968 raised funds to create a scholarship that was awarded to Jaylee Reyes. An anonymous District family created the new “Students with P.A.S.S.I.O.N. Scholarship” for a graduating senior “who has shown a strong P.A.S.S.I.O.N outside the classroom in the arts, sciences, community, or trades.” Carlos Figueroa, who will be pursuing a culinary and hospitality management degree was the recipient of the award.
The last special award commemorated the Children’s Corner of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, Inc. which provided affordable before and after-school childcare to children in grades K-6 in the Mamaroneck-Larchmont community from 1983 to 2018. When it ceased its operations in June of 2018, the Children’s Corner made a generous donation to the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund. Children’s Corner Scholarships were awarded to four students who had an association with the organization. Scholarship recipients were Justin Laureano, Dimitrios Orfanos, Eleni Orfanos, and Katerina Orfanos.
In total, 63 scholarships were awarded. In addition to the ones mentioned above, scholarships included a number of other named awards established/sponsored by both individuals and local organizations. A celebratory reception followed the ceremony.
The Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund was established in 1937 to help MHS graduates afford college.
For more information, visit its website: http://www.mlsaf.org/.