FCA scholarship recipients Osatohanmwen Irowa (Stony Brook University), Catherine Maltez (Stony Brook University), Frank Palma Gomez (Queens College), Bairon Reyes Luna (Yale University), 2021 Champion of Change honoree and former New York Jet Erik Coleman, Stephanie Chevez (Harvard University), FCA Program Director Donna Raphael, Andrew J. Culbreath (Five Towns College), David Fongyee (New York Institute of Technology), Melva O. Morales Sierra (Hofstra University), Samson Fashakin (Farmingdale State College), Estefany Sorto (Binghamton University), Jonathan Carrera (Farmingdale State College), Camila Flores (Nassau Community College). (Photo: FCA)

FCA raises more than $100K for scholarships

Family & Children’s Association awarded nearly 50 college scholarships at its annual Mission Moment Scholarship Fund Breakfast.

The Garden City-based nonprofit raised almost $110,000 at the June 24 event that was held at Westbury Manor.

For more than three decades, FCA’s Mission Moment Scholarship Fund has aimed to guide local youth toward successful futures by enabling at-risk individuals to pursue higher education and improve their lives by matching them with donors.

The annual reception recognized the achievements of scholarship winners and the dedicated staff and donors who contribute to the program.

Former New York Jets star Erik Coleman, one of this year’s honorees, shared inspiring words with the students and spoke about the importance of perseverance and never giving up.

“We at FCA continue to be inspired by the generosity of our donors and tenacity of our students,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA president and CEO. “The past year has been tough for Long Island’s young people but raising more than $100,000 this morning means that the return to classrooms in September will be a little easier for many. It also means that we have set our scholars up for future success, which makes Long Island better for everyone.”

Over the past 36 years, FCA’s Mission Moment Scholarship Fund has gifted over 1,500 scholarships worth more than $2 million to students engaged with FCA’s programs and services. Scholarship recipients have attended schools including Stony Brook University, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Binghamton University, Nassau Community College, Columbia University, New York Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State College and many more.

For more information about FCA visit: FCALI.org

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