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WOMEN OF TOMORROW MENTOR & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

HOSTS ANNUAL GRADUATION LUNCHEON & AWARDS OVER $347,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Keynote Speaker Chairwoman Private Wealth Management Latin America, Goldman Sachs & Co., Beatriz G. Sanchez,

Addresses At-Risk Girls  During April 28th Annual Graduation Luncheon Event

MIAMI, Fla. (April 29, 2016) — The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program hosted over 800 guests at its Annual Graduation Luncheon to award $347,000 in college scholarships to more than 100 mentees, among them Tiara Kinsey, a graduating senior from Arthur and Polly Mays High School who is a 2016 recipient of the Congressional Medal of Merit Award. This year brings Women of Tomorrow’s South Florida cumulative scholarship giving to over $4.4 million awarded to over 1,670 at-risk girls since the inception of its scholarship program in 2000.

Keynote speaker Beatriz G. Sanchez, Chairwoman Private Wealth Management Latin America, Goldman Sachs & Co., accompanied Women of Tomorrow Founder & President Jennifer Valoppi in addressing more than 600 attending graduating seniors and 200 mentors, school coordinators and community partners as they took a monumental step towards their bright futures. Beatriz G. Sanchez shared her open-hearted and inspiring journey from a young girl moving from Cuba with her family in hopes of starting a new life to becoming one of the most influential banking executives in Latin America today.

Scholarship committee chair Robyn Perlman, alongside scholarship committee members in attendance Neki Mohan, Robbin Newman, Karen Tynes, Shani Robinson and Kimberly Albanes Ginsburg began the award ceremony by presenting School Coordinator of the Year awards to Donna Parsons of South Broward High School, Latanya Johnson of Miami Coral Park High School, and Janelle Young of Jupiter High School. This year’s Graduation Luncheon Event sponsors were Carnival Foundation, Memorial Healthcare System, Baptist Health South Florida and Mentor Sponsors Angela Kelsey & Sue Ward.

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program awarded scholarships to graduates who will be attending top colleges throughout the nation such as Simmons College, New York University, University of Ohio, Florida International University, Clark Atlanta University, Rhode Island School of Design & New College of Florida to name a few.

The celebratory luncheon gathered high school seniors from 119 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, Memorial Healthcare System, and Florida Virtual Schools.

Mentor & Scholarship Committee Chair, Robyn Perlman, says “Our 2016 scholarship recipients are formidable young women who have demonstrated great success during their high school years. We are proud to invest in their future.”

 

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 approximately 3,500 at-risk girls in 193 public high schools in South Florida, Metropolitan Detroit and Greater Philadelphia with its network of over 550 Mentors. Research shows that Women of Tomorrow Mentees have increased self-esteem, a 93% 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 $5.1 million in college scholarships to more than 1,800 mentees.

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program has been recognized on the floor of U.S. Congress 8 times and has been ranked a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for three consecutive years, an achievement reached by only 12% of the more than 7,000 charities rated nationally.

 

For more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit www.womenoftomorrow.org.