On May 5th, the Hostos Community College Foundation’s 2017 Benefit was held on campus for the first time. This annual event raises money for the Hostos Scholarship Fund and celebrates the diverse achievements of its students. Telemundo 47’s news reporter Cristina Navarrete served as the Benefit’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

The Benefit also paid tribute to two honorees who made significant contributions to the College in the years since its founding. Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, current President of Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), received “The Educator of the Year Award.” De Filippis, former Hostos Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, played a crucial role in the development of key Hostos academic programs such as Women’s Studies, Dual Degree Engineering, and Media Design during her tenure.

“The Philanthropic Impact Award” was presented to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). One of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organizations, the Foundation provides grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. It also funds organizations and projects that strive to make a lasting and positive impact on society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management.

Dinner, dancing, music – and, of course, money raised for the Scholarship Fund – made it an evening well worth remembering.

To view the 2017 Scholarship Benefit photo album, click here.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.