Bayside, NY — On the evening of Monday, December 4, 2006, over 130 donors gathered for the Queensborough Community College Fund’s Annual Donor Reception to recognize the generosity of the College’s many supporters. Among the guests were State Senator Frank Padavan, Carol Conslato, Chair of the Queensborough Community College Fund Board of Directors, and Harriet Kupferberg, Chair of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives’ Fundraising Committee, whose generous gift of $1,000,000, the largest donation in Queensborough’s history, will extend the Center’s programming in perpetuity.
Also in attendance were a number of the 30 students in Queensborough’s Aspire to Success Scholarship Program. Aspire to Success, launched at the beginning of the fall 2006 semester offers free tuition and an extra boost of motivation to new, full-time students who are committed to pursuing their education. The students in the program must be serious about their studies and are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, carry at least 15 credits each semester, and graduate in two years.
Eighteen-year old Erica Maestro, one of the Aspire to Success students, was guest speaker at the reception, and spoke on behalf of the first class of the scholarship program. “Without this scholarship, many of us would face the difficult decision of having to add extra hours to our part-time jobs, knowing it would mean we had less time to focus on our studies,” said Ms. Maestro. “But this is not just financial support. What is so wonderful about this program — and Queensborough — is that the Aspire scholarship program offers students like me personalized attention. Aspire students have access to mentors — donors who become our champions, heroes and personal cheerleaders.”
Queensborough President Dr. Eduardo J. Marti said of the students involved in Aspire to Success, “They are an exciting, bright group of students and there are thousands more like them — dedicated students who are worth investing in.”
Dr. Marti also encouraged attendees to take a look at the model for the new Kupferberg Center, and noted that the groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the spring of 2007.