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Scholarship America Joins Statewide Effort to Help MDC Students Affected by Hurricanes

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Helen Aguirre Ferré (far right), Chair of the Board of Trustees, is pictured with (L to R) MDC employee Ted Levitt, P!N President Donna Lee, and Barb Weber, Assistant Vice President at Scholarship America at the scholarship award presentation.

Miami, July 6, 2010 - In an effort to help college students whose lives may be directly impacted by hurricanes, Scholarship America and Plan!t Now will provide financial assistance to those attending Miami Dade College (MDC) and other schools throughout Florida.

In 2008, Scholarship America formed the Plan!t Now (PIN) Hurricane Relief Scholarship Program for college students severely affected by hurricanes or tropical storms.  The program has helped students at four-year colleges and universities who, despite suffering significant setbacks, demonstrated academic and/or service excellence, an inner drive to succeed, and a willingness to use their life experiences to encourage hurricane preparedness. 

In addition to the hurricane relief scholarship, the organization recently launched a separate program, P!N Dreamkeepers, to recognize students studying natural hazards sciences. P!N Dreamkeepers will award academic scholarships of $2,500 each to four community-college students studying natural hazard science topics that help predict or mitigate the impacts of natural disasters on human life.

“Community colleges are the most viable choice for many people seeking higher education,” says P!N President, Donna Lee. “They are an important resource for individuals re-entering school after extended breaks. In storm zones it is not uncommon for such breaks to be disaster-related.  In fact, the 2010 P!N Dreamkeepers will make a special outreach to people in the Haitian Diaspora who have experienced the devastation of five 2007 and 2008 hurricanes and the 2010 earthquake.”


PLAN!T NOW (P!N) is a non-profit organization that reduces the loss of life and property caused by hurricanes and severe storms by delivering cutting-edge preparedness research, education and communications programs. P!N provides individuals, organizations and communities in coastal regions information and resources to protect their families, homes, and businesses from the effects of these storms. P!N’s relief programs include scholarships to college students, rebuilding projects and micro-loans for storm-struck areas. For more information, visit

About Scholarship America:

Scholarship America® is a national education service organization that mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Since 1958, Scholarship America has awarded more than $2 billion in scholarship assistance to more than 1.6 million students. Scholarship America three core programs that help us achieve our mission: Dollars for Scholars®, which helps more than 1,100 communities raise local dollars to provide scholarships to local students; Scholarship Management Services®, which helps 1,200 corporations, foundations and individuals give out scholarships around the world; and Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance program, which helps community colleges keep low-income students from dropping out of school by providing emergency financial assistance. For more information, visit:  or

For more information about the Hurricane Relief Scholarship Program at MDC, visit or e-mail,

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