Westchester County Board of Legislators Awards Fifteen $10,000 Jandon College Scholarship Including Four to New Rochelle Student

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(White Plains, NY) -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) awarded the 2012 Jandon College Scholarship to academic achievers in Westchester County including 4 students from New Rochelle.

The four students from New Rochelle High School are Nyshieka Cardoza, Ghispel Cibrian, Raphael Cisneros and Emily Posner.

“It’s always gratifying to be able to recognize and honor a group of students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of community involvement,” said Jenkins. “The Board of Legislators works closely with the Jandon Foundation in its efforts to support and encourage Westchester’s best and brightest youth towards academic success, and we look forward to hearing about the achievements of these outstanding young people in the future.”

The Jandon Scholars Program, administered by the Jandon Foundation and the BOL, annually awards 15 college scholarships. Based on financial need, academic achievement and service to local communities, each Jandon scholar receives a $10,000 scholarship toward college as well as a laptop computer.

Jandon scholarship winners do not receive the total amount of the award at once. Instead, they regularly submit their grades and semester schedules before they receive a check before each semester. The scholarship amount increases each year, so students receive the most amount of money their senior year as an incentive to graduate on time.

E’Shondra McClendon, a 2007 Roosevelt High School graduate and Jandon scholarship recipient, spoke at the event. McClendon received a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College in 2011. McClendon now works at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and will be heading to law school this September. Also speaking at the ceremony was Alec Cecil of the Jandon Foundation and BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).

2012 Jandon Scholars Winners

Nellie A. Thornton High School in Mount Vernon
· Ebenni Anselm of Mount Vernon

New Rochelle High School
· Nyshieka Cardoza of New Rochelle
· Ghispel Cibrian of New Rochelle
· Raphael Cisneros of New Rochelle
· Emily Posner of New Rochelle

Pelham Memorial High School
· Kyra DeTone of Pelham

Roosevelt High School in Yonkers
· Imani Williams of Yonkers
· Chase Perez of Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon High School
· Brian Nyarko of Mount Vernon
· Chanel Thomas of Mount Vernon

Hawthorne Cedar Knolls High School
· Ralinda Dimps of Hawthorne

White Plains High School
· Ricardo Martinez of White Plains

Lincoln High School in Yonkers
· Joshua Porter of Yonkers

Irvington High School
· Jennifer Robertson of Irvington

Woodlands High School in White Plains
· Janae Young of White Plains

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