Coral Gables Community Foundation awards $53,000 in college scholarships and creates new four-year scholarship

May 15, 2015

by Gables Foundation

L-R: Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman Carlos F. Garcia, Maria Yow, Juliana Robles, Camila Conesa, Janise Guyot-Cabada, Ibeth Funes, Ahylin Carballo, Teague Scanlon, Valerie Montesino, Allyssa Dobkins, Daniel Regalado, Sierra Reid and Foundation Chair-Elect John O’Rourke III

L-R: Coral Gables Community Foundation Chairman Carlos F. Garcia, Maria Yow, Juliana Robles, Camila Conesa, Janise Guyot-Cabada, Ibeth Funes, Ahylin Carballo, Teague Scanlon, Valerie Montesino, Allyssa Dobkins, Daniel Regalado, Sierra Reid and Foundation Chair-Elect John O’Rourke III

Coral Gables Community Foundation awards $53,000 in college scholarships and creates new four-year scholarship

(Coral Gables, May 15, 2015)  The Coral Gables Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to twelve high school seniors. Additionally this year, the Foundation created and presented a new scholarship: The Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship. This award was created to assist students with critical financial need and will provide each recipient with $2,500 a year for four years toward their tuition for a total of $10,000 over the course of their college career. In addition, the Foundation also presented its traditional scholarship awards: the Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence, the Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship, the Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing Scholarship, the Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship and the Culinary Arts Fund Scholarships. On Wednesday, May 13th, the students were present at the Foundation’s Merrick Society Reception and were honored for their academic excellence and outstanding service to their schools and community:

Allyssa Dobkins | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Allyssa Dobkins is a recipient of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (CGCF) Four-Year Scholarship award. Allyssa is an International Baccalaureate student at Coral Gables Senior High School and a dedicated member of the legendary Gablettes dance team. She served as Class of 2015 President during her sophomore, junior and senior years and also serves on the Executive Board of the Interact Club. She will be studying at Dartmouth College this fall.

Teague Scanlon | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Teague Scanlon is a recipient of the CGCF Four-Year Scholarship award. An International Baccalaureate student with an impressive resume, Teague is as involved at Coral Gables Senior High School as a student can be. He is a member of the school’s Varsity Volleyball, Soccer and Swimming teams and President of the Support Our Sports Club. He is currently serving as Student Council Vice President, writes for the school’s online newspaper, CavsConnect, and is a member of the National Honor Society.  Teague will attend Pomona College.

Valerie Montesino | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Valerie Montesino is a recipient of the CGCF Four-Year Scholarship award. As Student Council President, Valerie planned Homecoming, the United Way student drive, middle school recruitment tours and much more. She is the business manager for the Coral Gables Senior High School yearbook, the Cavaleon, and she is a POSSE scholarship winner. She will attend Mount Holyoke College later this year.

Juliana Robles | $2,500 a year for four years Coral Gables Community Foundation Four-Year Scholarship

Juliana Robles is a recipient of the CGCF Four-Year Scholarship award. Juliana is an involved student with a great attitude. She is an International Baccalaureate student at Gables High and an active member of the school’s Art Club, the National Honor Society, the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and the Blood Drive Committee. She will attend the University of Florida.

Daniel Regalado | $1,000 Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence

The Ralph V. Moore Scholarship for Cavalier Excellence is given annually to an outstanding student who embodies the values of long time Gables High Principal, Ralph V. Moore. The award emphasizes the importance of leaving a legacy at Coral Gables Senior High School. Daniel Regalado is a true leader among his peers.  He is an International Baccalaureate student and has served as President of Coral Gables Senior High School’s Key Club for the past two years. Daniel is a member of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate Honor Society and has participated in the Student Government Association and the Cavaleon, the school’s yearbook. He is also a recipient of the DIRIGO award, which is presented to students who portray exemplary leadership ability. He will attend Florida International University.

Elliot Kutmus | $1,000 Lady Suzanna P. Tweed Scholarship

Lady Suzanna P. Tweed created a scholarship fund with the Coral Gables Community Foundation to help deserving students continue their education. Elliot Kutmus is a hardworking individual in and out of school. He is highly involved within the Coral Gables community. In his spare time, he has worked alongside city officials performing community service and fundraising for important causes. At Coral Gables Senior High School, he is a proud member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He plans to attend the University of Florida.

Sierra Reid | $1,000 Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing Scholarship

Created to assist Coral Gables Senior High School students who intend to study nursing, Sierra Reid is the perfect recipient of the Grant & Bridget Daugherty Nursing  scholarship. Her career goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner. She has volunteered at several health fairs and has participated in many programs to prepare for her future success. She will be studying nursing at Florida State University later this year.

Camila Conesa | $2,500 Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship

The Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship is given annually to graduating seniors who have shown an interest in music during their high school years. Overall academic success, a love for music and an intention to study music are factors in the evaluation process. Camila Conesa, a student at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, is a recipient of the Kerdyk Family Trust Music Scholarship. Camila possesses a true love of and dedication to music. Through her work at UM’s Frost School of Music’s Young Musicians’ Camp to her internship at a music recording studio, and her leadership within the Tri-M Music Honors Society, Camila is the perfect recipient for this scholarship. Camila is a talented pianist, singer and also plays the guitar. She is very involved within the Carrollton School community and she also holds an excellent academic record. Camila plans to attend Bellmont University in Nashville in the fall.

Maria Yow | $1,500 Kerdyk Family Music Scholarship

Maria Yow is one of the recipients of the Kerdyk Music Scholarship. Maria is an extremely talented student and vocalist at Coral Gables Senior High. She is a Soprano Section Leader in the school’s Women’s Ensemble choir, sings in the exclusive a cappella group, DIVISI, and serves as Treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Her activities go beyond the music classroom, including being a member of the National Honors Society, National Spanish Honors Society, International Baccalaureate Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, plus many other clubs. Maria plans to pursue music after high school and will study at Florida International University.

Ahylin Carballo | $2,000 Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

The Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship is intended for outstanding students of Coral Gables Senior High School’s Culinary Arts Program. Recipients display a passion for cooking and a goal to study the culinary arts after high school. Ahylin Carballo has been a part of Gables’ Culinary Arts Program since her freshman year and understands the importance of working as a team with her fellow kitchen colleagues. She has an interest in French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines and will study culinary arts at Miami-Dade College later this year.

Ibeth Funes | $2,000 Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

Ibeth Funes has shown an interest in cooking since an early age. During her time at Gables’ Culinary Arts Program, she has interned at Doctors Hospital and the Biltmore Hotel and has participated in events throughout the community. She plans to study at Johnson & Wales University and pursue a career in the culinary arts.

Janise Guyot | $2,000 Culinary Arts Fund Scholarship

Janise Guyot has a strong passion for cooking and has demonstrated so during her four years at Gables’ Culinary Arts Program. Through her internships at Doctors Hospital and the Biltmore Hotel, she has shared a kitchen with various notable chefs. She views Culinary Arts Program Director Mercy Vera as a mentor and currently works as a manager at Starbucks Coffee. She will pursue her culinary career goals as a student at Johnson & Wales University this fall.

“We are so proud to award these 12 talented students with scholarships. Our Merrick Society members’ generosity, our fund holders and all of our efforts throughout the year make this possible,” said Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

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About Coral Gables Community Foundation

The Foundation looks forward to recognizing and helping deserving local students at the end of each academic year.  Community Foundations are not subject to most of the IRS requirements placed on scholarships established by private foundations, and are, therefore, a more attractive alternative for individuals, businesses, or private foundations who want to establish a scholarship fund to help local students.  Community Foundations also provide students with a central source for multiple scholarships.  For more information on applying for a scholarship, visit gablesfoundation.org.  The Coral Gables Community Foundation is a non-profit §501(c)(3) charitable organization established in September 1991 by community leaders with the mission of fostering public initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the “City Beautiful”.

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