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Application Process for Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio (Municipalities of Cuba in Exile) Scholarships for MDC Students Has Been Announced

Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded
Municipios en el Exilio

L to R: Municipios President Jesus Permuy, 2009 scholarship winners Alberto Candelario and Daniela Blanco, MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, May 21, 2010 - Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio (Municipalities of Cuba in Exile) joined officials from Miami Dade College (MDC) today to announce the application process for two $1,500 scholarships the organization will award to two MDC students. This group has provided scholarships to MDC students for several years. The scholarships are as follows:  

  • The Santiago Blanco Scholarship honors the man who led the reorganization of the Municipalities of Cuba in Exile. 
  • The Rosendo Rosell Scholarship was created and named in honor of the renowned Cuban composer, actor and TV personality.

MDC Students pursuing studies in the areas of sociology, psychology, nursing, and/or related fields may compete for the Santiago Blanco Scholarship. The Rosendo Rosell Scholarship is open to students who are majoring in theater, television, entertainment and related fields. Rosell was born in 1908 in Placetas, Las Villas, Cuba and will turn 92 this June.

All applicants must submit a completed MDC scholarship application form, along with a 500-word essay expressing their perspectives on the ideals of democracy, freedom and patriotism. The application process will open on Monday, May 24 and close on September 24. The scholarships will be awarded to coincide with the Fall ’10 Term. First-year students are welcome to apply. Visit for more information. Forms must be sent to:

Ms. Yadira Codina
Miami Dade College Scholarship Director
11011 SW 104 Street, Room 1125
Miami, FL 33176

(305) 237-0384

At the scholarship announcement today, last year’s recipients were honored. They are Alberto Candelario, a nursing student; Daniela Blanco, an Honors student in the film, TV and design program; and Norma Moreno, who just graduated with an AA in journalism. They were lauded by MDC president, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, and Municipios president, the architect Jesus Permuy. 

The Cuban Constitution of 1940 created 126 counties or municipalities (municipios) within the six original provinces of Cuba. In the early 1960s, Cuban exiles formed the Municipalities of Cuba in Exile in order to preserve and proclaim the culture, sports, politics and democratic ideals of a free Cuban people and to denounce the violations of human rights in Cuba under Castro’s tyranny. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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