Latina Women's Council and MCCC
Partner for Student Scholarships


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The Latina Women's Council of Mercer County has provided $5,000 to Mercer County Community College (MCCC) for Latino student scholarships. The college's Foundation Board has matched the grant, enabling ten students, who will attend MCCC, to receive $1,000 scholarships each.

The students were honored at a reception on July 17 at the college's Conference Center, with County Executive Brian Hughes addressing the students and families. Nilda Garcia, Latina Women's Council president, presented certificates to the students and read sections from their application essays.


From left are County Executive Brian Hughes, MCCC President Patricia Donohue, MCCC Executive Dean Diane Campbell, students Ashley McKinnis, Erika Espinal, Jennifer Guzman, Jennifer Salguero, Cirilo Aparicio, Sandra Feijoo, David Palacio and Eswin Flores. At right is Nilda Garcia, president of the Latina Women's Council.

Erika Espinal, a recent Trenton Central High School graduate who wants to be a medical assistant, said "At the hospital where I volunteer, a vast majority of the professional personnel do not speak Spanish. As a future health care professional who is bilingual, I will bridge the communication barrier between patient and caregiver."

Jennifer Salguero, a Trenton Central High School graduate who will major in education, said she will be the first person in her family to attend college. "Life is full of surprises, but no matter where life takes me, I have the faith that I will become a better person and accomplish all my dreams."

The Latina Women's Council raised the dollars through a fundraising campaign. They also presented a scholarship to Ashley McKinnis, who will attend Rider University.

The scholarship recipients who will attend Mercer are:

" Cirilo Aparicio, Lawrence High School graduate. Major: Automotive Technology or Digital Media Arts
" Erika Espinal, Trenton High School graduate. Major: Medical Office Assistant
" Sandra Feijoo, Hightstown High School. Major: Business/Economics
" Eswin Flores, Trenton High School, major is undecided
" Ashley Gonzalez, Hamilton High School. Major: Liberal Arts & Science
" Jennifer Guzman, Hightstown High School. Major: Nursing
" David Palacio, Trenton High School, Major: TV Production
" Judith Rodriguez, Trenton High School. Major: Medical Office Assistant
" Simona Rojas, Princeton High School. Major: a health profession
" Jennifer Salguero, Trenton High School. Major: Education

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