International College Esperanza Scholarships Awarded to Two Local Latino High School Graduates

International College awarded an Esperanza (Hope) Scholarship to Jesmarie Roldan and Kenneth Javier Ibanez during the Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber 2004 Student Scholarships Award Dinner on June 3.

The purpose of the Esperanza Scholarship is to afford economically disadvantaged Latino students tuition assistance and encouragement toward higher education. The scholarships are valued at approximately $21,600 for the two-year associate degree, and $45,100 for the baccalaureate degree.

Jesmarie Roldan is a graduate of Lehigh Senior High School and a native of Puerto Rico. While attending school, Roldan was an ESL tutor, a member of Future Educators of America, leader of the school’s dance club, and a member of the school’s leadership organization.

Kenneth Javier Ibanez is a graduate of Cape Coral High School. His favorite sport is soccer, of which he is a licensed referee. He also is a lifeguard. He plans to major in Management at International College. Kenneth’s father, David, is a 2003 graduate of International College. David Ibanez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management.

“We thank International College for joining our efforts in supporting area youth with two college scholarships,” said Hispanic Chamber Executive Director Leonardo Garcia. “Latinos have the largest school dropout rate in the United States. It is for this reason that all local educational institutions should make it a priority to support Latino students, who, otherwise, will not have the opportunity to attend college.”

In order to be eligible for the Esperanza Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria: 1) Have good attendance, 2) Have good behavior, 3) Graduate from high school with at least a 2.5 GPA, 4) Have a clean record (drug free, etc.), and 5) Officially apply with International College.

“Receiving a scholarship is very encouraging to students. Not only do scholarships provide important financial assistance, they also lift self-esteem and build confidence,” said Dr. Ron Bowman, International College Dean of Students. “The International College Scholarship Committee provides private scholarships to numerous Hispanic students each academic year. The Committee is excited to be able to expand its outreach.”

For more information about International College programs, contact the admissions office in Naples at 513-1122, or in Fort Myers at 482-0019.
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