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116 Mentees are Awarded Over $300,000 in Scholarships in South Florida

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Keynote Speaker NBC 6 Anchor & Emmy Award Winning Journalist – Trina Robinson Addresses At-Risk Girls During May 1st Annual Graduation Luncheon

MIAMI, Fla. (May 5, 2014) — The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program hosted over 750 guests at its Annual Graduation Luncheon to award over $300,000 in college scholarships to 116 mentees and honor the graduating class of 2014 on Thursday, May 1st at Jungle Island. This year brings Women of Tomorrow’s cumulative scholarship giving to over $4 million awarded to over 1,400 at-risk girls since the inception of its scholarship program in 2000.

Keynote speaker Trina Robinson, NBC 6 Anchor and Emmy award winning Journalist, accompanied Women of Tomorrow Founder & President, Jennifer Valoppi in addressing more than 500 attending graduating seniors as they took monumental step towards their bright futures. Lines such as Trina Robinson’s “Be a contender, not a pretender” and Jennifer Valoppi’s “Education is power, so today claim your power!” resonated with the crowd.

Scholarship committee chair Robyn Perlman alongside scholarship committee members in attendance Betty Amos, Rosary Falero, Neki Mohan, Robbin Newman, Karen Tynes and Shani Robinson began the award ceremony by presenting School Coordinator of the Year of awards to Kathleen Alexis from Palm Beach County, Ellen Williams from Broward County, & Pamela Cabarcos from Miami-Dade County. This year’s Graduation Luncheon event sponsors were Carnival Foundation, Marlins Foundation and TotalBank.

In addition to awarding scholarships to graduates who will be attending top colleges throughout the nation such as Duke, MIT, and Vanderbilt – the event successfully launched WOTCONNECT. WOTCONNECT will now serve as an online network where graduate mentees can connect, share resources, ideas, jobs, internship and scholarship opportunities.

The celebratory luncheon gathered high school seniors from 116 of South Florida’s public high schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Mentees gathered to celebrate their graduation and their dedication to the Women of Tomorrow program while they enjoyed a wonderful lunch and took home congratulatory gift bags filled with goodies from Carnival Foundation, Florida Community Bank, Marlins Foundation, and TotalBank.

Jennifer Valoppi, Founder & President, said “WOTCONNECT will enable our mentors to assist with the long term growth of our graduates beyond high school, beyond college and into becoming productive and successful members of our community’s workforce. We’ve always been about women helping women and we are thrilled to take it to the next level. ”

About Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program
Women of Tomorrow was conceived in 1997 by Television Journalist Jennifer Valoppi and co-founded with Don Browne, retired Telemundo Network President. The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program is designed to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities. Women of Tomorrow currently mentors over 3,200 at-risk girls in over 150 public high schools in approximately 62 cities in South Florida and Metropolitan Detroit with its network of over 450 Mentors. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 92% high school graduation rate, and increased academic performance each year they are in the program, to a statistically significant degree. Women of Tomorrow has awarded over $4 million in college scholarships to over 1,400 mentees. For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit http://www.womenoftomorrow.org.