Medgar Evers College sophomore Svetlanna Farinha was recently awarded a $10,000 NBA/Bacardi Gold Standard scholarship. The National Basketball Association, and Bacardi Gold teamed up to provide financial assistance to students who excel academically and additionally exhibit a dedication to leadership and community service. She is Vice President of the Marketing Club and President of SHADES – Sisters Having a Definite Excellence Strategy – Student Club devoted to women’s empowerment through service and leadership where she mentors youths ages 13 to 19 through one of its programs.
“I am really happy to have won,” said Farinha who applied for the scholarship through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “I have always worked hard and it is great to see the results of my efforts.”
Bacardi Gold and the NBA, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, created the scholarship program to provide financial assistance to young scholar/leaders from the African American and Hispanic communities. Ms. Farinha is 1 of 24 individuals across the nation – 12 selected by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and 12 selected by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund – awarded the prestigious $10,000 scholarship.
“Svetlanna is such an extremely purpose driven, dependable, and focused individual,” said Kareen Odate, Farinha’s mentor. Odate further lauded Farinha in a testimonial video which can be found on the NBA website here: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2011/04/15/goldstandard_svetlana_farinha.nba
Farinha is also in the running to receive an additional $30,000 as each organization selects 1 male and 1 female student. The NBA/Bacardi Selection Committee is responsible for half of the votes with the remaining votes coming from the public. Voting will begin shortly.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.