Bronx Student Receives Berkeley College Scholarship in Memory of Alumna Lost in the World Trade Center


FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008

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In honor of an alumna who perished in the World Trade Center, Ursula Berrios of the Bronx, NY, recently was awarded the Patricia Cimaroli Massari Scholarship in a special evening ceremony held at the Berkeley College NYC Midtown Campus.  The Patricia Cimaroli Massari Scholarship was established in memory of a Berkeley alumna who died on September 11, 2001, and has been awarded annually since 2002 to a deserving Berkeley College New York student who is entering their third year of study toward a Bachelor’s degree.

 “It is to the ultimate credit of the Cimaroli and Massari families that they chose to remember Patricia with hope for the future, through the creation of a scholarship in her name,” said Berkeley College Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Glen Zeitzer.  “To our sixth recipient, Ursula Berrios, I congratulate you, and I urge you to make the most of your education, and the most of your life, much the same way as Patricia did.  This is one of those rare occasions we may look at our past with sadness, but at our future with hope.”

Ms. Massari was one of 14 Berkeley College students and alumni who perished in the World Trade Center.  Four months prior to her death, the 4.0 graduate who had returned to the College to complete her Bachelor’s degree, had been named Alumna of the Year.  The Scholarship was established at the College at the request of the Cimaroli and Massari families to honor Patricia’s belief that education is the path to success.

In her essay, which is a requirement for eligibility for this Scholarship, Ms. Berrios wrote about how losing her mother to a rare form of cancer when she was 12 years of age was a changing point in her life.  The experience made her become more independent, and not take people or things for granted. 



Photo Caption: Berkeley College New York Dean of Student Development and Campus Life Michael Baston (left) and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Glen Zeitzer, congratulate Massari Scholar Award recipient Ursula Berrios of the Bronx.  The Award honors the memory of Patricia Cimaroli Massari, a Berkeley College alumna who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

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