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Catholic Charities & Fordham University Announce New Scholarship

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Rewards and Fosters Social Service Staff Excellence

Today, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service announced a new Centennial Scholarship in recognition and honor of the two institutions’ record of service to New Yorkers in need over the past 100 years.

The prestigious scholarship, awarded today at the Catholic Charities affiliate, Grace Institute that provides New York women with tuition-free job training, will provide full tuition assistance to an eligible Catholic Charities Federation agency staff member who wishes to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work within the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Five scholarships will be awarded over the next five academic years, with the first Centennial Scholar to begin in the Fall of 2018.

This new scholarship rewards and fosters excellence among staff from our Catholic Charities federation of nearly 90 agencies within the Archdiocese of New York. Together these extraordinary staff provide help and hope to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in need. 

Yesika Alvarez Mosquera, a staff member from Mercy Center, a community center and Catholic Charities affiliated agency serving underprivileged women and families in the Bronx, was just named the inaugural Centennial Scholar.

“Catholic Charities is immensely proud of the contributions made by Mercy Center that improve the lives of women and their families in the South Bronx,” said Catholic Charities NY Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.

“Yesika’s dedication, commitment and professionalism are a big part of Mercy Center’s success,” he added. “We are confident that the additional academic, leadership and professional skills she’ll gain with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, will continue to be a great asset to Mercy Center as they provide help and create hope for New Yorkers in need.”

The Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is ranked nationally in the top 10 percent of schools of social work. Founded in 1916, it is one of the oldest and largest in the country. Fordham’s future-focused Master of Social Work (MSW) program provides students with the professional and advanced integrated practice skills they need to provide the highest quality service to individuals, families, organizations and communities.

“The Fordham Graduate School of Social Service places human rights and social justice at the center of its mission,” said Debra McPhee, Dean, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University. “We’re committed to preparing professional leaders who are dedicated to protecting the dignity and worth of all persons and to serving as critical agents of change.

Along with this year’s Centennial Scholar, the Graduate School of Social Work awarded seven additional merit scholarships to applicants from Catholic Charities enabling them to enroll in the MSW program this fall. The individuals from Catholic Charities NY affiliated agency who are  receiving a merit scholarship from Fordham include:

  • James Butler from Life Experience & Faith Sharing
  • Ryan Glover from Cardinal McCloskey Services
  • Gina Pilar Limbal from CCCS-Alianza LTW Program
  • Whitney Harris, Brandi Barnes, Vaida Surujbhan, and Taneisha Beaumont from Catholic Guardian Services.

”Catholic Charities has been an important partner in the mission of the School from its inception in 1916,” Dean McPhee added. “The Centennial Scholarship is a wonderful representation our historic and shared commitment to service and community capacity building throughout New York City and the region.”