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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Senator Javier D. Souto and MDC Officials Announce Three Francisco Foundation Scholarship Winners

Francisco Foundation Scholarship Winners

Francisco Foundation Scholarship Winners

Miami, February 6, 2008 - Miami Dade College (MDC) alumni carry a legacy of excellence and diversity, representing 181 different countries. Therefore it’s no surprise that this year’s Francisco Foundation scholarship winners hail from Chile, Ecuador and Yugoslavia. The three MDC students -- Cristian Larrocha, Delida Alejandra Zurita and Snezana Radnovic – beamed as each stepped up to accept a certificate from Senator Javier D. Souto, Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 10, and MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.

Foundation Board members, family and friends were also present at the ceremony, which was held at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, to show their support. The Francisco Foundation awarded three $2,500 scholarships as it has for the last five years. Winners were selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership, community service, academic excellence and a love of democracy and freedom. Applicants were required to submit an essay explaining what freedom and democracy mean to them. 

Cristian Larrocha is a business major with a 4.0 grade point average. The Chilean-born student also loves to write, play the guitar and recently helped launch a student literary magazine, for which he is editor-in-chief, at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus. In addition, Larrocha is the historian for the InterAmerican Campus Service for Peace chapter.

Snezana Radnovic, who also has a 4.0 grade point average, is a nursing major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. In addition, she volunteers for PATH (Positive Alternative Therapies in Healthcare) as the organization’s newsletter editor. She came to the United States from Yugoslavia in 1999.

Delida Alejandra Zurita was born and raised in Ecuador before moving to Miami three years ago. She is a business major with a 3.71 grade point average. Zurita hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management following her studies at the college.

The Francisco Foundation Scholarship was created in honor of Rogelio “Francisco” Gonzalez Corzo who was executed by Fidel Castro’s government in 1961 when he was 28-years old for attempts to subvert the dictatorship. He was the head of the underground anti-Castro resistance “Movement to Recover the Revolution.”

“He was also a brilliant student; a man of unparalleled intelligence and charisma,” said Sen. Souto. “He was a student of democracy and human rights whose life was cut way too short by Castro. We are so pleased to announce our latest winners who truly exemplify Francisco’s legacy.”

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist




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