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2022 aspira of NJ scholarship AWARD recipients

ASPIRA Inc., of New Jersey, honored seven  (7) scholarship award recipients from Paterson, NJ's famed Eastside High School. Despite the rigors and challenges of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, both personal and broadly speaking, these students overcame the obstacles to boast impressive GPAs yielding them thousands of dollars in scholarship awards and recognition.

Each student received a $500 scholarship that can be applied to any costs associated with their collegiate experience. All of the students were extremely gracious and thanked ASPIRA's Academic Advisor, Leticia (Leti) Minaya. Business owner and Entrepreneur, Michael Collazo (Open Seat Direct) gave an amazing speech and challenged the students to strive for greatness as they begin their collegiate careers.

Most of the students are first-generation students, meaning that they are the first in their families to attend an institute of higher learning. Winning the award wasn't just a way to pay for college, but a means to change the trajectory of their family's future generations.

This year, ASPIRA is proud to announce that we had a Class Salutatorian.  Mia Baez was given the distinct honor at East Side High School and was gracious in receiving such an amazing accolade.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS! The future is bright for each of you and we look forward to the next chapter in your academic lives.

 

Once an Aspiranté, always an Aspiranté.

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ABOVE: The 2022 ASPIRA Scholarship Award Recipients
Far Left: Michael Collazo, Open Seat Direct
Far Right: Sandra Torres, Program Director and Leticia Minaya,
Academic Advisor
 
BELOW: ASPIRA Scholarship Award Recipient and East Side High School Salutatorian, Mia Baez

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2022 ASPIRA of NJ Scholarship Award Recipients (l to r)


 

Gerson Espinal

East Side High School
Passaic County Community College

Major: Psychology
 

Orlis Custodio

East Side High School
Passaic County Community College
Major: Computer Science

 

Anabel Gutierrez

East Side High School
William Patterson University
Major: Psychology

Angelica Ortiz
East Side High School

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Major: Computer Science
 

Darleny Gomez

East Side High School
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Major: International Business

Mia Baez*

East Side High School
American University

Major: International Business
 

Angelica Garcia

East Side High School
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Major: Psychology

*2021 Class Salutatorian
 

Mia Baez

East Side High School

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Major: Psychology



ASPIRA Academic Advisor
 



 

Leticia (Leti) Minaya
(Eastside High School)

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