The Hostos Community College Foundation hosts its 2022 Annual Scholarship Benefit on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the beautiful Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. The much-anticipated in-person return of the Annual Scholarship Benefit underscores the College’s determination to continue to build a strong, healthy future for its students and its beloved South Bronx community. The Foundation is pleased to once again welcome friends and community leaders together to celebrate the historic successes and boundless potential of Hostos Community College.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for an extended cocktail and networking hour. Dinner and the program, emceed by Jessica Cunnington of NBC 4 New York, will follow, including stories from Hostos students and alumni about the profound impact of Hostos on their lives and careers. College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis will provide insight on the future of the College and the evening’s honorees will then share inspiring messages.

The impressive slate of award recipients consists of community leaders who have helped to shape the future of the South Bronx and Hostos, including former Hostos President David Gómez, Derrick Lovett of MBD Community Housing Corp, Thomas Brown of Trinity Financial, and Carlos Naudon of Ponce Bank and Ponce Financial Group. Also receiving awards are outstanding healthcare providers who have served residents of the South Bronx during the greatest public health crisis of our time, including Montefiore Einstein and Paloma Izquierdo-Hernández of Urban Health Plan. Awards will be given to labor leaders Henry Garrido of District Council 37 and George Gresham of 1199SEIU, in recognition of their efforts to support municipal and healthcare workers. Finally, the Foundation will recognize inspiring individuals who have done outstanding work to protect the rights and dignity of immigrants and to provide and distribute critical resources across New York City especially during the pandemic: Terry Lawson, executive director of UnLocal, and Tomas Ramos, founder of the Oyate Group’s Bronx Rising Initiative, respectively.

Throughout the evening, live music will be performed by Hostos student Jonatan Suriel and the acclaimed guitar duo Jay & Lee – Rumba Flamenca. Following dinner and the program, famed producer and DJ Ralphie Mercado will liven up the party with dancing to close out the evening. This promises to be a night to remember, bringing together change-makers who will undoubtably continue to make waves in the South Bronx and New York City during this dynamic time in the history of the City.

The evening dinner is sold out, but if you would like to make a gift in support of Hostos students please visit All proceeds from the event provide scholarships and other success initiatives for the incredible students of Hostos Community College.

Hostos was recently selected as a Top 25 Semi-Finalist for the coveted Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and it was identified as a leader, “empowering voices the world needs to hear” by author and philanthropist Ms. MacKenzie Scott. Hostos is poised to continue the legacy of excellence it has built thanks to immense community investment in the mission of the College and the students it serves. The Foundation wishes to acknowledge the generous community partners who have been instrumental in the success of this event, including Premium Event Sponsor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Presenting Sponsor, BronxCare Health System; Community Sponsors, 1199SEIU – United Healthcare Workers East, Friends of the Chairman of the Hostos Community College Foundation, Montefiore Einstein, Somos Community Care, and Unitex; as well as many more Ambassador and Friend Sponsors.

About Hostos Community College
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique “student success coach” program, which partners students with individualized guidance, is emblematic of the premier emphasis on student support and services.
Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and 2 certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York (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. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) is one of the pre-eminent Latino arts centers of the northeast. The HCAC has distinguished itself for showcasing traditional art forms as well as emerging and internationally renowned artists.
Hostos Community College is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.