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Six local students receive scholarships from the Coral Gables Community Foundation

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart No Comments
Executive Director Mary Snow with scholarship recipients Michael Hammond and Gema Baltodano.
Executive Director Mary Snow with scholarship recipients Michael Hammond and Gema Baltodano.

(Coral Gables, Monday, May 12, 2014)  The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to four Coral Gables Senior High School students and awarded two more scholarships to students from Gulliver Preparatory Academy and Miami Senior High School.  On Wednesday, April 30th, the annual Awards Ceremony at Coral Gables Senior High School was held. The following Gables High seniors were recognized by the Foundation for their academic excellence and outstanding service to their school and community:

Michael Hammond | $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence

The Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence is given annually to an outstanding student who embodies the values of long time Principal, Ralph V. Moore. The award emphasizes the importance of leaving a legacy at Coral Gables Senior High School. Michael Hammond is the epitome of what the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship represents.Highly involved with the Gables High community, he also holds an excellent academic record. Throughout his high school career, Michael has been Team Captain of the Varsity Golf team and a member of the Florida Business Leaders of America, International Baccalaureate Honor Society, Key Club, Italian Club, Mathematic Honors Society and a number of other organizations. He plans to study at the University of Pennsylvania.

Patricia Passwaters | $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

Lady Suzanna P. Tweed created a scholarship fund with the Coral Gables Community Foundation to help deserving students continue their education. Patricia Passwaters is the recipient of this year’s award. Not only is Patricia a talented writer, having been involved with the school’s online newspaper Cavs Connect, journalism society, yearbook and other literary endeavors, she has also served as Student Council President. In addition, she has received numerous honors for her writing and academics. She plans to attend the University of Florida.

Gema Baltodano | $1,000 Grant & Bridget Daugherty Scholarship

Created to assist Coral Gables Senior High School students who intend to study nursing, Gema Baltodano is the perfect recipient for the Grant & Bridget Daugherty Scholarship. She intends to become a neonatologist and care for infants in poor health. She has previously volunteered at Miami Children’s Hospital and with an outstanding academic résumé, she is well on her way to a successful career.She will be studying nursing at Florida State University later this year.

Tracy and Marlene Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Bryan Medina.

Tracy and Marlene Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Bryan Medina.

Bryan Medina | $1,000 Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship

The Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship is given annually to graduating seniors who have shown an interest in music during their high school years. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music are factors in the evaluation process.Bryan Medina is one of the recipients of this year’s award. Bryan is a talented musician, having served as Captain of the Coral Gables Senior High School Cavalier Chorus. He is an honors student and also plays guitar for school functions and events around the community. He plans to pursue music as a career and will attend Florida International University.

Because the selection committee was so impressed with two Gables seniors, the Foundation’s Board of Directors decided to award a special scholarship from the Coral Gables Community Foundation Scholarship Fund to those two students: Michael Hammond and Patricia Passwaters. These students will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship to use at the colleges they plan to attend in the fall.

Tracy Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani

Tracy Kerdyk with scholarship recipient Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani.

In addition to the four Gables students listed above, two more high school seniors received scholarships. Daniela Rodriguez-Firmani, a student at Gulliver Preparatory School, received a $3,000 scholarship through the Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship. Tracy Kerdyk presented the scholarship award to Daniela at Gulliver on May 9th.

Miami Senior High School student Yesenia Dulce-Rapalo received a $500 scholarship from the Miami High School Class of ‘61 Scholarship Fund, created by alumni to support students from their former school.

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About Coral Gables Community Foundation

The Foundation looks forward to recognizing and helping deserving local students at the end of each academic year.  Community Foundations are not subject to most of the IRS requirements placed on scholarships established by private foundations, and are, therefore, a more attractive alternative for individuals, businesses, or private foundations who want to establish a scholarship fund to help local students.  Community Foundations also provide students with a central source for multiple scholarships.  For more information on applying for a scholarship, visit gablesfoundation.org.  The Coral Gables Community Foundation is a non-profit §501(c)(3) charitable organization established in September 1991 by community leaders with the mission of fostering public initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the “City Beautiful”.

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TOK proceeds lead to Culinary Arts Program donation

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Jade Lleonart No Comments

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Some of the proceeds from the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s 2014 Tour of Kitchens went to the Culinary Arts Fund, which is dedicated to the Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High School. The School’s aspiring chefs took over the kitchen at The Dome restaurant on March 10, 2014 and prepared a delicious dinner for guests at their annual gala. Culinary Arts Program Director Mercy Vera, Foundation Executive Director Mary Snow and Chairman Carlos F. Garcia presented a check for $10,000 to the Culinary Arts Program Fund.