Southern Bronx High School Seniors Awarded Berkeley College Scholarships


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High school students from the southern sections of the Bronx, NY, have received scholarships to attend Berkeley College. Each year, these scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate a high level of achievement. The scholarships are renewable, based on the recipient’s cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year and continued enrollment as a full-time student.


“We are very proud of the achievements of these high school students,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Supported by their families and schools, they have taken the first important steps on the path toward success. We are counting on these students to make the most of every opportunity to advance their futures through higher education.”


The following students have received scholarships to attend Berkeley College:


- Precious Agyeman-Badu, Frederick Douglass Academy

- Perla Avila-Green, Saint Raymond Academy for Girls

- Zainab Bah, Frederick Douglass Academy

- Vanessa Ballinas, Saint Jean Baptiste High School

- Brandon Bhalerao, Salesian High School

- Jhanilda Castro, Bronx High School for Medical Science

- Joyce Cruz, Saint Jean Baptiste High School

- Ricki Cruz, Bronx Collaborative High School

- Graciela Gonzalez, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

- Kora Jammeh, Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School

- Chantal Kaboretekobo, Mott Hall Bronx High School

- Genesis Lugo, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

- Steven Martinez, Bronx School of Law and Finance

- Olga Perez, Saint Jean Baptiste High School

- Rosvely Perez, Bronx Leadership Academy High School

- Thais Perez, Coalition School for Social Change

- Fielamy Priam, DeWitt Clinton High School

- Zuleika Reymer, Academy of Mount St. Ursula

- Josue Sanchez, Mott Hall V

- Hawa Traore, Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School

- Thomas Velazquez, All Hallows High School 


A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

Berkeley College

Photo Caption (L to R): Students Brandon Bhalerao, Hawa Traore and Zainab Bah; Luan Ximines, Associate, High School Admissions, Berkeley College; and students Perla Avila-Green, Chantal Kaboretekobo, Graciela Gonzalez and Precious Agyeman-Badu. The students, all of the southern Bronx, received scholarships to attend Berkeley College.

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