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Briarcliffe College Awards Luis J. Bermeo with the 2010 Hispanic Scholarship

July 21, 2010

East Hampton resident and East Hampton H.S. graduate awarded $5,000

(Bethpage, NY - July 21, 2010) Briarcliffe College has awarded Luis J. Bermeo, of East Hampton, NY with a $5,000 Hispanic Scholarship based on his qualifications, academic record, teacher recommendations, and winning essay. Mr. Bermeo, a graduate of East Hampton High School, begins classes this month as a Criminal Justice major at Briarcliffe College’s Patchogue, Long Island campus.

"Mr. Bermeo came to Long Island from Ecuador only a few years ago but has impressed his community and his high school teachers, coaches and guidance counselors by his motivation," said Briarcliffe College President Dr. George Santiago, Jr. "He has successfully dedicated himself to studies, sports and youth leadership. We’re pleased to welcome him to Briarcliffe College."

A diligent student with ambitions to become a detective, Mr. Bermeo undertook regents physics and precalculus in his senior year of high school. He also played on the varsity soccer team and may pursue this sport at Briarcliffe College.

In addition to his winning essay, the Briarcliffe College Hispanic Scholarship Committee was impressed with Mr. Bermeo’s record as a leader in clubs and activities, including his selection to serve this year as a delegate in Albany for the Hispanic Leaders Club, representing the Eastern Suffolk district. The Briarcliffe College Hispanic Scholarship program was introduced in 2008 in "recognition of the rapidly growing Hispanic population in the metropolitan area and the need for financial assistance to afford higher education." Selected by a review committee, the students may be enrolled at any of the Briarcliffe College sites: Queens, Patchogue or Bethpage. Scholarship funds may only be applied to education costs and scholarship winners must be continuously enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the scholarship award period.

In his winning essay, Luis Bermeo wrote: "Clearly, education, in all its forms, is the golden key to success for Hispanics."

About Briarcliffe College:
A proprietary institution with locations in Bethpage, Patchogue and Queens NY., Briarcliffe College is a four-year career education college offering degree programs in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, graphic design, information technology, management and paralegal studies. Programs vary by location. The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000 accredits Briarcliffe College. Briarcliffe College does not guarantee employment or salary. Briarcliffe College is also a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of colleges, universities and schools. For more information, visit www.briarcliffe.edu or www.bcl.edu.

Luis Bermeo

Pictured left to right:
Briarcliffe College President Dr. George Santiago, Jr. presents 2010 Hispanic Scholarship recipient Luis J. Bermeo of East Hampton, NY with $5,000 award and certificate. They are joined by Briarcliffe College Admission Representative Maria Lares.

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