Merit of McFadden
Mérito de McFadden

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Merit of McFadden

Story and photos by Erik Cuello

Local high school seniors were recognized.

Local high school seniors were recognized.

They are principal pupils.

Six students were awarded the 2016 Edward J. McFadden Scholarship Award, named in honor of the late President and CEO of Isabella Geriatric Center, this past Wed., Jun. 8th.

McFadden passed away in 2013, and his family sought to sustain his legacy of community service and commitment to study with a dedicated set of scholarships for local high school seniors.

“This is a tremendous honor for us to recognize the hard work of our local students,” said Assistant Director of Marketing and Community Relations Marilyn Pacheco, who hosted the dinner reception at Isabella.

Now in its 19th year, the Fund was established by the Isabella Foundation, Inc., an affiliate of Isabella Geriatric Center.

College scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are awarded to exceptional students who are residents of the Washington Heights, Inwood or Marble Hill neighborhoods, are in excellent academic standing and have a demonstrated record of voluntary community service. The funds are used to help offset tuition costs.

Edward McFadden.

Edward McFadden.

“This scholarship helps us tell the stories of the achievements of young people in our community, [they who] have many new stories to come,” said Mark Kator, President and CEO of the Isabella Center.

James Berlin, a member of both the Community Board 12 and of the scholarship selection committee, presented the awards.

“This is a remarkable scholarship and opportunity,” he observed.

Austin Carvey, a senior graduating from the High School for Math, Science and Engineering, consistently held a grade point average (GPA) higher than 3.8. Carvey, a lover of computer programming and coding, had also created a “hack-a-thon” event, in which computer programmers meet and engage to collaborate. In the fall, he will be attending Harvey Mudd College in California to pursue an engineering degree. “College is something I have looked forward to immensely,” said Carvey. “Having to worry a little less about having to pay for it will help me perform that much better.”

After his graduation from Manhattan Village Academy, Dalfry Gutiérrez will be heading to State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland to study Exercise Science.

He gained experience in the health field by participating in the Lang Scholars program at NewYork-Presbyterian. The program engages local youths interested in the medical field in an immersive six-year program.

“This scholarship will help me out a lot,” said Alodi Chapuseaux.

“This scholarship will help me out a lot,” said Alodi Chapuseaux.

“At Lang, I had the chance to see doctors performing,” said Gutiérrez, who is interested in becoming a Physical Therapist. “I learned from their work ethic.”

The scholarship, he said, was an investment upon which to build.

“I see this as motivation,” said Gutierrez. “Having someone [believe] you can accomplish is fuel that I hope will drive me through college.”

Alodi Chapuseaux earned her high school degree from the High School for Health Careers and Sciences at the George Washington Educational Campus and is attending SUNY Stonybrook.

“This scholarship will help me out a lot,” said Chapuseaux.

Widow Josephine McFadden said she was glad the Fund continued to lend support to local students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

“We sincerely hope you continue on your path to success,” she urged.

Carvey said he and his fellow scholars would take seriously the responsibilities that lie ahead.

“It is up to us to take what we gain from the college experience and start to make real changes [in the world],” he said. “[We need] to be the ambassadors.”

For more information on the Edward J. McFadden Scholarship Fund, please visit www.isabella.org.

2016 Scholarship Winners

The high schools from which recipients have graduated are listed below, under each student’s name.

 

Gold Award –  $3,000

Austin C. Carvey

High School for Math, Science and Engineering

Dalfry J. Gutierrez

Manhattan Village Academy

 

Silver Award – $2,000

Emely Hilario

City College Academy of the Arts

 

Bronze Award – $1,000

Alodi Briana Chapuseaux

High School for Health Careers and Sciences

Francesca L. Rubinson

The Beacon High School

Saraly A. De Jesus

City College Academy of the Arts‎

 

Mérito de McFadden

Historia y fotos por Erik Cuello

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Assistant Director of Marketing Marilyn Pacheco.

“Este es un tremendo honor”, dijo la directora asistente de marketing Marilyn Pacheco.

Ellos son los principales alumnos.

Seis estudiantes fueron galardonados con el Premio Beca Edward J. McFadden 2016, nombrada en honor del fallecido presidente y director general del Centro Geriátrico Isabella el pasado miércoles 8 de junio.

McFadden falleció en 2013 y su familia trató de mantener su legado de servicio a la comunidad y compromiso de estudiar, con un conjunto de becas destinado a estudiantes locales de último año de preparatoria.

“Es un gran honor para nosotros reconocer el duro trabajo de nuestros estudiantes locales”, dijo la directora asistente de Marketing y Relaciones con la Comunidad Marilyn Pacheco, quien organizó la cena en Isabella.

Tras 19 años, el Fondo fue establecido por la Fundación Isabella, Inc., una filial del Centro Geriátrico Isabella.

Las becas universitarias -que van desde $1,000 a $3,000 dólares- se otorgan a estudiantes excepcionales que son residentes de los barrios de Washington Heights, Inwood y Marble Hill, que tienen excelente nivel académico y un historial demostrado de servicio comunitario voluntario. Los fondos se utilizan para ayudar a cubrir los costos de matrícula.

“Esta beca nos ayuda a contar las historias de los logros de los jóvenes de nuestra comunidad, [los que] tienen muchas nuevas historias por vivir”, dijo Mark Kator, presidente y director general del Centro Isabella.

“I had the chance to see doctors performing,” said Dalfry Gutiérrez.

“Tuve la oportunidad de ver a los médicos trabajar”, dijo Dalfry Gutiérrez.

James Berlín, un miembro de la Junta Comunitaria 12 y del comité de selección de becas, presentó los premios.

“Se trata de una notable beca y oportunidad”, observó.

Austin Carvey, un estudiante de último año por graduarse de la Preparatoria para Matemáticas, Ciencias e Ingeniería, obtuvo un promedio de calificaciones (GPA por sus siglas en inglés) superior a 3.8. Carvey, un amante de la programación y codificación, también creó un evento llamado “Hack-a-thon”, en el que los programadores de computadoras se reúnen y se comprometen a colaborar. En el otoño asistirá al Harvey Mudd College en California para obtener un grado de ingeniería. “La universidad es algo que he esperado inmensamente”, dijo. “El tener que preocuparme un poco menos de pagarla me ayudará a tener éxito”.

Después de graduarse de la Academia Manhattan Village, Dalfry Gutiérrez se dirigirá a la Universidad Estatal de Nueva York (SUNY por sus siglas en inglés) en Cortland para estudiar Ciencias del Ejercicio.

Adquirió experiencia en el campo de la salud al participar en el programa Lang Scholars en el NewYork-Presbyterian. El programa involucra a jóvenes de la localidad interesados en el campo de la medicina en un programa de inmersión de seis años.

“En Lang tuve la oportunidad de ver a los médicos trabajar”, dijo Gutiérrez, quien está interesado en convertirse en terapeuta físico. “Aprendí de su ética laboral”.

Mark Kator is President and CEO of the Isabella Center.

Mark Kator es presidente y director general del Centro Isabella.

La beca, dijo, es una inversión sobre la cual construir.

“Veo esto como motivación”, dijo Gutiérrez. “Tener a alguien [que cree] que puedo tener éxito es el combustible que espero me impulse en la universidad”.

Alodi Chapuseaux obtuvo su título de preparatoria de la Preparatoria para Carreras y Ciencias de la Salud en el Campus George Washington para la Educación y asiste XXXX.

“Esta beca me ayudará mucho”, dijo Chapuseaux.

La viuda Josephine McFadden dijo estar contenta de que el Fondo continúe prestando apoyo a los estudiantes locales, muchos de los cuales son los primeros en sus familias en asistir a la universidad.

“Esperamos sinceramente que continúen su camino hacia el éxito”, instó.

Carvey dijo que él y sus estudiosos compañeros tomarán en serio las responsabilidades que tienen por delante.

“Nos corresponde a nosotros tomar lo ganamos con la experiencia universitaria y hacer cambios reales [en el mundo]”, dijo. “[Necesitamos] ser los embajadores”.

 

Para obtener más información sobre el fondo de becas Edward J. McFadden, por favor visite www.isabella.org.