2017-03-17 / School News

Brooklyn College Student Receives $1,000 Scholarship

By Gail Johnson

Ahdara Yahsharalaisrael with Assemblywoman Michele Titus. 
Photo by Gail Johnson Ahdara Yahsharalaisrael with Assemblywoman Michele Titus. Photo by Gail Johnson Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus, chairwoman of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators (NYSA- BPRL), presented a $1,000 NYSA- BPRL College Scholarship to 20- year-old Brooklyn College student, Ahdara Yahsharalaisrael in her Mott Avenue office, on Friday, March 3.

The NYSABPRL College Scholar- ship Program is funded by the annual gala dinner held during the Legislative Conference, a weekend of workshops and events targeted to New York State’s communities of color.

The desire to earn a degree, along with merit and financial need, are the criteria for eligibility for a student to be awarded a NYSA- BPRL College Scholarship.

“I have watched Ahdara grow up. She has had an outstanding educational career. I’m very proud of her many accomplishments” said Titus.

Yahsharalaisrael works as a page in the Central Library, as a paraprofessional in the Learners and Leaders program, started a mentorship program called Aspire to Inspire at Far Rockaway High School and Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn and is a budding entrepreneur with a line of politically correct, casual clothing.

“It is a nice line of clothing. People will want to wear it. Not my age, but younger people” Titus said.

“I work with the high-risk kids who have no thoughts of going to college until I start to work with them, Yahsharalaisrael said. “They live in a whole different bubble. One hour during lunch, two to three times a week, I help them write their entrance essays and prepare their portfolios. There is a big sister, big brother feel. My goal is to empower them to dream big.”

Yahsharalaisrael is paying it forward.

If you are a student from an economically disadvantaged or low/moderate income family and have been accepted and are enrolled in college with a B or above grade point average, or are the parent or guardian of such a student, you can apply for the NYSABPRL College Scholarship Program at Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus’s District Office, 19-31 Mott Ave., Room 301, Far Rockaway, 718-327-1845 or titusm@nyassembly.gov.

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