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Miami Dade College Announces Application Period for Francisco Foundation Scholarship

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Francisco Foundation Scholarship 2013 Recipient

Miami, December 5, 2013 - Applications are now being accepted for the longstanding Francisco Foundation Scholarship at Miami Dade College. The application period will close December 31, 2013. The Scholarship winner will be invited to an awards ceremony with the Foundation Board in early 2014.

As is customary for the Francisco Foundation, the winner is selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership, community service, academic excellence and a love of democracy and freedom. The scholarships will be awarded to a first-year student. Applicants are required to submit a typed, double-spaced, 1,100-word essay explaining one of the two following: what freedom and democracy mean to them, or what sort of sacrifices should be made to ensure the safeguarding of freedom and democracy. They essays can be written in English, Spanish or Creole. Along with the essay, applicants must also include their most recent transcript, a current resume, and two letters of recommendation attesting to academic performance, leadership and character.

Completed application packets should be mailed to:

            The Francisco Foundation Scholarship

            P.O. Box 654714

            Miami, FL 33165

Application packets may also be submitted to the financial aid office at any of the College’s Campuses.

The $2,500 scholarship was created in honor of Rogelio “Francisco” Gonzalez Corzo, who was executed by Fidel Castro’s regime in 1961 when he was 28-years old for attempts to subvert the dictatorship. He was the head of the underground anti-Castro resistance effort called “Movement to Recover the Revolution.”

“He was also a brilliant student; a man of unparalleled intelligence and charisma,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier Souto from District 10, who serves on the Francisco Foundation Board. “He was a student of democracy and human rights whose life was cut way too short by Castro.”

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