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Lambda Pi Chi Awards College Book Scholarships to 3 Bronx High School Women

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Kathy Mendoza
Director of Branding and Marketing


April 10, 2013

NEW YORK – Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. is excited to announce that it will be honoring three Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. College Book Scholarship winners at its 25th Anniversary Gala brunch on Sunday, April 14th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Columbia University’s Wien Hall Lounge, 411 West 116th Street, NY, NY.

Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. (Hermanas Advancing Career and Educational Resources), one of Lambda Pi Chi’s two national philanthropies, assists underrepresented women from marginalized communities in furthering their educational and career goals by providing access to resources. Lambda Pi Chi members utilize their powerful networks to increase awareness of, and access to, educational and financial resources to help women achieve future employment and career opportunities. As part of programming under this national philanthropy, the Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. College Book Scholarship recognizes young women who exemplify academic excellence, leadership potential and community service, in alignment with the Organization's vision, mission and goals.

Award recipients are selected from eligible applicants who reside in the city where the Sorority hosts its Annual National Convention. This year, Lambda Pi Chi will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in New York City; as such, the finalists were selected from a pool of applicants representing high schools from New York City’s five boroughs. At the end of the scholarship selection process, the top three winners were seniors from high schools in the Bronx. “We were thrilled when we realized that our three winners were Bronx students. It moved us to know that although the Bronx is the borough with the poorest district in our nation where you'll find some of our most marginalized struggling daily, it is also where you'll find some of the most inspiring, innovative and driven young people who are overcoming obstacles to be our future leaders,” says Vivian Cortés, the National Vice President of Philanthropy for Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.

Darriel McBride, the third place scholarship winner, is a senior at Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School and has received numerous awards in Government, History, Math and for her dedication to community service. Irma Cruz, the second place scholarship winner, is a senior at Urban Assembly for the Performing Arts and will be the first in her family to graduate from high school. Outside of her many academic accomplishments, Irma is most proud of her service to the cancer department at Montefiore Children’s Hospital. Shalena Boca, a senior at Harry S. Truman High School, is this year’s first place winner. Apart from her impressive GPA of 3.8 and many honors, her consistent community service, which includes working with mentally ill children and raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, her drive and ambition inspired us to award her the first place. “This year’s anniversary theme is ‘Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of (RE)Defining Leadership’ and we are certain that our three scholarship winners exemplify this and will go on to accomplish great things,” added Vivian Cortés. The College Book Scholarships presented are in the amounts of $500, $250 and $125 in order to assist recipients in offsetting the costs of textbooks, school supplies and other expenses for their first year in college.


The first Latina-focused sorority founded at an Ivy League institution, Latinas Promoviendo  Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was established on April 16, 1988 at Cornell University. Composed of undergraduate, graduate and professional women, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. seeks to unify women through the promotion of community service programs that highlight the contributions of women and people of color with an emphasis on the Latina, and offers opportunities for academic and professional advancement to members of historically underrepresented groups. With 21 undergraduate chapters mostly on the Eastern Seaboard, Lambda Pi Chi looks to expand its network to women of similar fortitude to improve its communities. For more information on Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., visit Follow us on Twitter (@lambdapichi) and find us on Facebook (/lambdapichi).