S. Florida Ford/Lincoln Dealers award $75,000 in scholarships

S. Florida Ford/Lincoln Dealers award $75,000 in scholarships
The 50 scholarship winners were honored recently at the 20th annual Salute to Education Scholarship Awards Luncheon at The Signature Grand.

Salute to Education Inc., a scholarship program created and funded by the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers and Ford Motor Company, has announced that that it has awarded $75,000 in scholarships and laptop computers to 50 Miami-Dade County high school graduates.

The South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers are committed to continue supporting South Florida students with their post secondary education, especially during these difficult economic times. The 50 Miami- Dade County scholarship winners were honored recently at the 20th annual Salute to Education Scholarship Awards Luncheon that took place at

The Signature Grand. There also were 50 winners chosen from Broward County.
“We recognize the tremendous potential in the students within the South Florida community and we are committed to helping them pursue their dreams of a higher education,” said David Menten, president of Salute to Education and president of Sawgrass Ford.

“With the consistent rise in college tuition, students have come to rely on scholarships like ours to help fund their schooling,” he said. “Although we still live in challenging economic times, the South Florida Ford and Lincoln dealers are still committed to continue granting scholarships and assisting high school seniors in South Florida with their educational goals.”

Salute to Education Inc., established in 1994, is a non-profit organization funded through dealership contributions and corporate support from Ford Motor Company divisions.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Salute to Education is one of the largest private scholarship programs in South Florida and has awarded more than $3.6 million in scholarships to more than 4,000 deserving public and private high school seniors in both Miami-Dade and Broward County.

Following are the names of area Salute to Education Scholarship winners separated by school and the category in which they won the scholarship:

Coral Reef Senior High — Caroline Hammoud, Leadership Service;

Design and Architecture Senior High School — Luisa Aparisi-Franca, Foreign Language & Language Arts, and Alyssa Chavarry, Performing Arts & Visual Arts;

Felix Varela Senior High School — Alexis Young, Foreign Language & Language Arts, and Shanik Angel, Leadership Service;

John A. Ferguson Senior High School — Jose Bohorques, Mathematical Sciences/Computer Sciences;

MAST Academy — Christina Soto, Athletics; Daniel Regalado, Leadership Service, Jean Joseph, Mathematical Sciences/Computer Sciences;

Medical Academy for Science and Technology — Ponce Jones, Athletics;

Miami Palmetto Senior High School — Carolina Carriazo, Foreign Language & Language Arts; Austin Valido, Natural Sciences, and Seanna Wong-Nyak, Performing Arts & Visual Arts;

Miami Southridge Senior High School — Victor Meneses, Mathematical Sciences/Computer Sciences;

New World School of the Arts — Jennifer Gonzalez, Performing Arts & Visual Arts;

School for Advanced Studies, Homestead Campus — John Worthley, Natural Sciences;

School for Advanced Studies, Kendall Campus — Andrea Villa, Foreign Language & Language Arts, and Edgar Garcia, Mathematical Sciences/Computer Sciences;

South Dade Senior High School — Jose Calderon, Foreign Language & Language Arts; Carlos Marmolejo, Mathematical Sciences/Computer Sciences, and Timothy DeMason, Natural Sciences, and

St. Brendan High School — Maria Alvarez, Mathematical Sciences/Computer Sciences.

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