ELIZABETH—Three members of the Elizabeth High School Class of 2009, Oscar González, Judy N. Rodriguez, and Rosa Mejía, have been selected to receive Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars awards.
Each Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholar will receive up to $42,500 in college scholarship and summer research/internship support over the four years of their undergraduate studies.
The Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholarship program was established to support the dreams of Hispanic students in their pursuit of higher education. González, Rodriguez, and Mejía were selected from a group of extraordinary applicants for their outstanding accomplishments, and their commitment to pursue a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field.
Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health said, “These students will redefine the frontiers of science. I have no doubt they will be the next generation of Nobel prize winners, lab directors, professors, and health professionals leading scientific discovery that improves our health and well-being.”
The Alliance/Merck Ciencia Hispanic Scholars Program is made possible through a $4 million grant from the Merck Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the research-based pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. This grant is the largest grant made by Merck & Company for the advancement of Hispanic scholars. This program was made possible through a partnership between the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the Merck Company Foundation, and the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE).
Superintendent of Schools, Pablo Muñoz said, “I am very proud of Oscar González, Judy Rodriguez, and Rosa Mejía’s remarkable achievements and for taking advantage of the excellent educational services offered by the Elizabeth Public Schools. The generosity of the Merck Company Foundation will help them to fulfill their dreams and contribute their talents to the scientific community.”
“We are honored by the selection of Elizabeth Public Schools’ students for such a prestigious award and wish them success in obtaining their degrees and achieving their dreams,” noted Board President, Francisco González.
The Elizabeth Board of Education will recognize the three students for their outstanding accomplishments at the monthly board meeting on Jan. 21.
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