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Miami Dade College and Municipalities of Cuba in Exile Announce Scholarships

Municipios Scholarships

(L-R) MDC President Eduardo J. Padron, Ana Rodriguez, Jeffrey Rodriguez, Alexandra de Armas, Rosa Valdez-Cruz, and Enrique Blanco.

Miami, May 19, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) and Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio (Municipalities of Cuba in Exile) officials announced today applications are being accepted for two $1,500 scholarships to be awarded by the organization. Municipios has provided scholarships to MDC students for several years. The scholarships are as follows:

  • The Santiago Blanco Scholarship honors the man who led the reorganization of the Municipalities of Cuba in Exile. 
  • The Rosendo Rosell Scholarship was created and named in honor of the renowned Cuban composer, actor and TV personality.

MDC Students pursuing studies in the areas of sociology, psychology, nursing, and/or related fields may compete for the Santiago Blanco Scholarship. The Rosendo Rosell Scholarship is open to students who are majoring in theater, television, entertainment and related fields. Rosell passed away last fall at the age of 92.

All applicants must submit a completed MDC scholarship application form, along with a 500-word essay expressing their perspectives on the ideals of democracy, freedom and patriotism. The application process will remain open through September. The scholarships will be awarded to coincide with the Fall ’11 Term. First-year students are welcome to apply. For more information, visit Forms must be sent to:

Ms. Yadira Codina
Miami Dade College Scholarship Director
11011 SW 104 Street, Room 1125
Miami, Fl.  33176


At the scholarship announcement today, last year’s recipients were honored by MDC president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, and Municipios representatives including Ms. Ana Rodriguez, Mr. Enrique Blanco and Dr. Rosa Valdes Cruz. They are Alexandra De Armas, who just graduated with an Associate in Arts in mass communications, and Jeffrey L. Rodriguez, a student in the nursing program.   

In the early 1960s, Cuban exiles formed the Municipalities of Cuba in Exile in order to preserve and proclaim the culture, sports, politics and democratic ideals of a free Cuban people and to denounce the violations of human rights in Cuba under Castro’s tyranny. The Cuban Constitution of 1940 created 126 counties or municipalities (municipios) within the six original provinces of Cuba.


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