For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Gold
The Gold Standard
(914) 232-6583

Thirty Yonkers Students Awarded Scholarships At Riverfront Library Ceremony

YONKERS, JUNE 6, 2004 -

Yonkers Mayor Philip A. Amicone and Superintendent of Schools Angelo Petrone today awarded Yonkers high school seniors 20 Investing in Youth scholarships, sponsored by Classic Residence by Hyatt, and ten Breakthrough scholarships, sponsored by Parkledge Apartments. The thirty students and their families were honored at a luncheon event held today at the Yonkers Riverfront Library located at Larkin Center.

The scholarship winners were chosen by their schools based on many criteria, including their four-year grade point averages and their participation in community service efforts during their high school years.

Mayor Amicone said that he is extremely pleased that Classic Residence by Hyatt and Parkledge Apartments chose to invest in the future of Yonkers by sponsoring such innovative programs for youth. “By providing funds to help so many Yonkers students and their families cope with the increasing costs of higher education, these firms are clearly demonstrating their strong commitment to the Yonkers community.”

Angelo Petrone, superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools, said: “These scholarships provide a growing number of our graduating seniors with funding for the continuance of their education after high school. We are grateful to Classic Residence by Hyatt, Parkledge Apartments and the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA) for designing this excellent program.”

The scholarship program was developed by the YIDA and is implemented every year with assistance from the principals of each of Yonkers five high schools.

Classic Residence by Hyatt is an award-winning national leader in senior living that currently owns, manages, and markets upscale senior living communities from coast to coast. Classic Residence by Hyatt in Yonkers is located at 537 Riverdale Avenue. For more information, call (914) 709-1234 or go to

Parkledge Apartments, located at 220 Yonkers Avenue, was recently substantially renovated by The Wishcamper Group, a Maine based housing development Company using a unique blend of Federal, State and City assistance. Parkledge Apartments provides 311 market rate quality units to working class families in Yonkers. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 15th, 2005.

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YIDA 2005 Scholarship Recipients

Student School Scholarship

John Daily (Lincoln High School-CR Hyatt)

Sonia de Assuncao (Lincoln High School-CR Hyatt)

Leslie Moran (Lincoln High School-CR Hyatt)

Shakira Rice (Lincoln High School-CR Hyatt)

Kasandra Torres (Lincoln High School-Parkledge)

Danaya Patrick (Lincoln High School-Parkledge)

Heena Rana (Yonkers High School-CR Hyatt)

Harvey Townsend (Yonkers High School-CR Hyatt)

Fejsal Demiraj (Yonkers High School-CR Hyatt)

Saida Butt (Yonkers High School-CR Hyatt)

Sylvia Johnson (Yonkers High School-Parkledge)

Adriana Mairena (Yonkers High School-Parkledge)

Edlin Pena (Saunders-CR Hyatt)

Michael Malizia (Saunders-CR Hyatt)

Christina Rajan (Saunders-CR Hyatt)

Antonio Tlatoa (Saunders-CR Hyatt)

Eddy Martinez (Saunders-Parkledge)

Timothy Patton (Saunders-Parkledge)

Michael Bailey (Gorton-CR Hyatt)

Leanna Foster (Gorton-CR Hyatt)

Cilin Philip (Gorton-CR Hyatt)

Iris Santiago (Gorton-CR Hyatt)

Daniel Fryer (Gorton-Parkledge)

Janet Haigler (Gorton-Parkledge)

Veronica Madrid (Roosevelt-CR Hyatt)

Una David (Roosevelt-CR Hyatt)

Andrea Espin (Roosevelt-CR Hyatt)

Darnell Williams (Roosevelt-CR Hyatt)

Kenya Smith (Roosevelt-Parkledge)

Alvelis Rodriguez (Roosevelt-Parkledge)