BCC Honors Bronx Businessman for Giving Student Scholarships

Bronx, NY – The Bronx Community College Foundation recently paid tribute to Lowell Hawthorne – president and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill – for his scholarship support of BCC students. Some 50 scholarship recipients attended the reception that acknowledged the achievements of outstanding students and thanked donors who have supported their academic journey.  

“What an honor it is to be recognized tonight for our contributions to the scholarships awarded by the Bronx Community College Foundation named in honor of my parents Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne,” stated Hawthorne, who graduated from BCC in 1996. “They were a humble and hard-working couple from the hills of St. Andrew in Jamaica. They raised 11 children while running a successful bakery – and taught us the value of a sound education.” Hawthorne has given $30,000 of a $100,000 pledge to benefit Bronx Community College students. He mentioned his parents would have been proud to see the remarkable young people whose lives are being transformed through the provision of the scholarships.

During the event, Hawthorne praised Asnette Lockhart, BCC’s 2010 valedictorian. She is manger of accounts receivable at Golden Krust, which is a fast food franchise based in the Bronx with 110 restaurants in eight states.  Hawthorne had encouraged her to pursue her associate degree at Bronx Community College, where she achieved a grade point average of 3.990.

President Carolyn G. Williams said, “the students we have proudly honored today represent some of the best of our BCC students. We are equally grateful and appreciate the financial generosity of our donors. Your presence reaffirms your heartfelt commitment to the College and the work that we do to serve our students.”

The event also recognized the following scholarships: Barnes and Noble, Booker Quattlebaum, Bronx CUNY, Faculty-for-Students, Robert L. Clarke, Marsha Cummins, Michael Steuerman Legacy Fund, Norman Schaumberger, and Student Government Association.

 Founded in 1957, Bronx Community College (BCC), the oldest of City University of New York’s six community colleges, serves as the engine for academic and economic mobility for motivated students from diverse backgrounds and preparations. More than 11,000 students from over 109 nations are enrolled in 30 associate degree and certificate programs including Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Computer Graphics, Nuclear Medicine, and Business Administration, Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies. BCC’s 43-acre campus, high above the Harlem River, features architectural masterpieces of Stanford White and Marcel Breuer, as well as the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, the nation’s first hall of fame. BCC President Carolyn G. Williams is in her 14th year of leadership service to the College, which is located on a 43-acre campus at 2155 University Avenue at West 181st Street , formerly New York University’s uptown campus until 1973.

The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) ) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions and is also working to enhance student and academic support at the colleges.. NCEA also coordinates the College’s global initiative which facilitates global learning within and outside of the classroom.

Bryant Mason / (718) 289-5208 / bryant.mason@bcc.cuny.edu