Cast Your Vote for Medgar Evers College Student Svetlanna Farinha To Win NBA and Bacardi Inaugural Gold Standard Scholarship

Medgar Evers College sophomore Svetlanna Farinha is 1 of 6 female finalists, selected from across the nation, in the running to receive a $30,000 NBA/Bacardi Gold Standard scholarship. The public can cast their votes of support for Farinha, which will account for half of the votes with the remainder coming from the NBA/Bacardi Selection Committee, at Voting ends on 5/30/2011.

“I am truly honored to be a finalist,” said Farinha. “I have always worked hard and it is great to see the results of my efforts.”

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. Farinha 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.

Farinha previously won a $10,000 NBA/Bacardi Gold Standard scholarship. 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 was 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.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

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.