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Dunkin’ Donuts awards $1,000 each to seven South Florida-area students

The Coral Gables Community Foundation, mayor and city commissioners proclaimed July 26 as Coral Gables Community Foundation Day in celebration of the foundation’s 25 anniversary. The proclamation was made during the city’s July 26 commission meeting last month.
The Coral Gables Community Foundation, mayor and city commissioners proclaimed July 26 as Coral Gables Community Foundation Day in celebration of the foundation’s 25 anniversary. The proclamation was made during the city’s July 26 commission meeting last month. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Dunkin’ Donuts recently awarded 15 scholarships to high school students through its South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program, which rewards students based on grades, leadership, community service, honors and awards, work experience, personal statement, and a recommendation.

The $1,000 scholarships can only be awarded to students who plan to study full-time at a two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school, have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and demonstrate financial need.

This year, seven students from South Florida were awarded: Timbria Burke, Samantha Garcia, Yasmeen Metellus, Charlie Rollason, Julia Steger, Kathy Wiech, and Yue Zeng.

ASPIRE HIGHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Valeant Dermatology, part of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America, announced nine undergraduate and graduate winners of its $10,000 Aspire Higher Scholarship Program.

Each student was chosen based on an essay describing how a dermatologic condition impacted their life, and the role their physician played in their treatment. Judges choose three winners for each of the three categories: Undergraduate Scholar Awards, Graduate Scholar Awards and Today’s Woman Scholar Awards.

Neela Persad, a local graduate student in Homestead, was selected as one of the nine winners. She plans to attend Columbia University.

For information about next year’s scholarship, visit www.valeantaspirehigher.com.

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

Barbara Estrada, a broadcast journalism major at the University of Southern California, was announced as one of nine winners of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s 2016 Diversity Scholarship each worth $4,500.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is a large and diverse television broadcasting company that owns, operates, or provides services to about 173 stations and broadcasts 484 channels. The group’s scholarship aims to recognize students that aspire to have careers in broadcast journalism, and are currently making a difference in their community.

Estrada, who grew up in Miami, is a multimedia journalist, web producer and assignment desk editor for her school’s TV station. She is also president of the school’s National Association of Hispanic Journalists chapter.

CORAL REEF HIGH SCHOOL

Coral Reef High School has announced Beatriz Jorva as the school’s new assistant principal.

Jorva was previously a social studies teacher and department chair at G. Holmes Braddock High before transferring to Michael Krop High School as an assistant principal, overseeing attendance.

At Krop, Jorva worked with parents to increase student success, and she plans to continue doing so at Coral Reef High.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will welcome 500 new teachers to Miami-Dade County this week to jump-start their four-day orientation.

New teacher orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, at Miami Jackson High School. Carvalho will host opening remarks at 8 a.m.

Also, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has a new Back-to-School Tool Kit, for parents and students, that includes registration information, vaccination requirements, school hours, important dates and safety for the 2016-17 school year.

The tool kit can be found at http://news.dadeschools.net/toolkit/toolkit.htm and is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

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