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Miami Dade College Announces the Winners of the 2012 Francisco Foundation Scholarships


Senator Javier Souto, member of the Francisco Foundation Board of Directors, with Diana Arrieta, Melissa Larrocha, Vivarian Moulton and Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.

Miami, February 27, 2012 - The winners of the longstanding Francisco Foundation Scholarships at Miami Dade College were recently recognized at a brief awards ceremony. The winners are Diana Arrieta Luligo, Melissa Larrocha and Vivarian Moulton, and will each receive $2,500 scholarships.  

As is customary for the Francisco Foundation, 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 a 1,100 word essay explaining what freedom and democracy mean to them along with their most recent transcript, a current resume, and two letters of recommendation attesting to academic performance, leadership and character.

Diana Arreta Luligo was born in Colombia and is in the Accelerated Nursing Program. Her goals are to obtain a Master's degree and become an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner so that she may be able to give back to her community.

Melissa Larrocha, a two-time winner, was born in Chile and is a Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism major at the Honors College Dual Language Program at InterAmerican Campus. She recently won two first place awards at the FCSPA competitions for InterAmerican's literary magazine Urbana. She aspires to create her own media production company in the future. Her brothers, Cristian and Jhonatan, are also past winners.

Vivarian Moulton, a first-year student, is passionate about both nursing and criminal justice. She plans to obtain three Bachelor degrees, in English, nursing and criminal justice. She feels overjoyed to receive this award, because the memory of a man whose efforts to create freedom has given her the freedom to pursue my goals.

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

“He was also a brilliant student; a man of unparalleled intelligence and charisma,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier Souto from District 10, who serves on the Francisco Foundation Board. “He was a student of democracy and human rights whose life was cut way too short by Castro.”


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