Community Foundation awards nearly $80K at annual Scholarship Reception

Community Foundation awards nearly $80K at annual Scholarship Reception

Donors and scholarship recipients celebrate at annual Scholarship Reception.

The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $80,000 in college scholarships to 16 high school seniors.

The Foundation, donors and scholarship recipients celebrated at the annual Scholarship Reception hosted jointly with the City of Coral Gables on Thursday, Apr. 26, at the Coral Gables Museum.

This year, the Foundation presented the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Four-Year $10,000 scholarship, Coral Gables Community Foundation Merit Scholarship, Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence, Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship, Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship and Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship.

The students were presented their awards by MDCP-S School Board member Mari Tere Rojas, Coral Gables City Commissioners Vince Lago and Mike Mena, former Coral Gables Mayor Dorothy Thomson, Foundation chair Jack Lowell, foundation’s Four-Year Scholarship chair, Matthew Meehan and Foundation executive director Mary Snow.

The 16 recipients of college scholarships from the Foundation are:
Foundation Four-Year Scholarship ($10,000 each): Alyssa Lamadriz (FSU), Stefany Ortiz (FIU), Stephanie Revuelta, Serena Correia, and Geisel Dieguez (Drew University);
Foundation Merit Scholarship ($3,000 each): Naomy Gamarra (UF), Roxy Rico (FSU), Grace Sedaghatpisheh (NYU), Emma Berberian (UF), and Julio Sanchez (FIU);
Ralph Moore Scholarship ($1,000): Brianna De La Osa (UM);
Lady Tweed Scholarship ($1,000): Juliana Balladares (UF);
Daugherty Nursing Scholarship ($1,000): Deborah Zagales;
Culinary Arts Scholarship ($4,000 each): Norlan Rivas (Culinary Institute at Miami-Dade College) and Joe Matos (Culinary Institute of Miami Dade College), and
Kerdyk Music Scholarship ($2,000): Alex Lopez (UM).

“We are so proud to award these 16 students with college scholarships. They have excelled academically and shown outstanding service to their community,” Snow said. “The generosity of our fund holders, donors and supporters throughout the year make this possible.”

The James Captain Memorial Scholarship also was announced at the reception. The scholarship was established to honor James Captain and his love for assisting disadvantaged students and sports. The scholarship will support summer camp for children in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

“Our board of directors, Merrick Society members, fund holders and supporters are such an important part of our giving,” Lowell said.

“Their generosity allows us to give back in these impactful ways, which adds to the footprint of the Foundation and enhances the quality of life in Coral Gables.”

For more information on the Coral Gables Community Foundation, visit

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