Pasitos A Valencia Hurricane Relief Scholarship Update

The Osceola Campus held a fundraising event in fall 2017 to raise Pasitos a Valencia scholarship funds. Attendees enjoyed music by RYO La Voz, Guataca Sound Machine and Pleneros de la Central, as well as food trucks, espresso coffee by NOI Caffe and cookies by Mia’s Cakes.

Last fall, after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands, Valencia jumped to the aid of those affected with waived out-of-state feessupply donations and a fundraiser, Pasitos a Valencia, to raise scholarship funds to help students impacted by the hurricanes with educational expenses. Thank you to everyone who assisted with these efforts.

Since then, we’ve raised approximately $3,000 for the Pasitos a Valencia scholarship, now managed by the Valencia Foundation, for academic and Continuing Education courses. However, we still need your help to raise additional funds to assist our students in need.

The first two Pasitos a Valencia scholarships have been awarded to students Ivanis Cruz Mendez and Goran Hernandez.

“I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for the scholarship that was awarded to me,” Ivanis explained. “I was affected by Hurricane Maria at my island, Puerto Rico. Since this event, it has never been the same; there have been some very tough months. Fortunately, every day is a new beginning, and I am very committed to continue being a successful student at Valencia College.”

Goran, an international student from St. Maarten, had already been attending Valencia when the hurricanes hit the island. “This changed everything drastically,” he shared. “The entire island was devastated. My mom’s restaurant and insurance agency were completely destroyed. My father’s business is still alive, but is really struggling.”

Although his parents had been paying for school prior to the storms, with their livelihoods in distress, Goran’s continued education at Valencia was in jeopardy. Then, he received the Pasitos a Valencia scholarship.

“I would like to thank the foundation and the sponsors on behalf of my parents who were very pleased to hear that I had received the scholarship,” he said. “They truly have a huge weight lifted off their shoulders.”

Please consider a donation to the Pasitos a Valencia scholarship fund to help students like Ivanis and Goran. Your contribution positively impacts the lives of students and their families as they immigrate to Central Florida after the devastation caused by these events.

Donations may be of any size and can be made by check, payroll deduction or credit card. All full-time employees received a letter in the mail this week with a payroll deduction form for this year’s Valencia Foundation Employee Giving Campaign. Feel free to complete this form, check “Other” under “Credit My Donation to” and then write in Hurricane Relief.” Or, simply send your check or completed payroll deduction form to the Valencia College Foundation at Mail Code: DO-41. Online donations may be made via credit card by clicking here.

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