Briarcliffe College Awards Sasha Santamaria with the 2010 Hispanic Scholarship

June 15, 2010

Laurelton resident and Christ the King Regional H.S. graduate awarded $5,000

(Bethpage, NY…June 15, 2010) Briarcliffe College has awarded Sasha Santamaria, of Laurelton, NY a $5,000 Hispanic Scholarship based on her qualifications, academic record, teacher recommendations, and winning essay.  Santamaria, a graduating senior from Christ the King Regional High School (Queens, NY), begins classes this July in graphic design at Briarcliffe College’s Bethpage, Long Island campus.

"Ms. Santamaria is an exemplary student, athlete, and peer model," said Briarcliffe College President Dr. George Santiago, Jr.  "She demonstrates what can be achieved by supporting educational opportunities within the Hispanic community.  We are pleased she has selected Briarcliffe College for her higher education and equally pleased to confer this award as a measure of our belief in her future."

In addition to pursuing art and maintaining a consistent B+ average, Santamaria is a dedicated basketball player.  Christ the King Regional H.S. is known nationally as the home of the Royals boy's and girl's basketball teams, with a total of 13 Federation Championships spanning the last 16 years.  She will join the Briarcliffe College women’s basketball team, the Lady Seahawks.  The Seahawks finished the 2010 USCAA season ranked 15th in the country.

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 her winning essay, Sasha Santamaria wrote:  "I want my parents, my community and fellow Hispanics to see me as an example for how success can be attained to create a better future."

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 or

 Sasha Santamaria

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Briarcliffe College President Dr. George Santiago, Jr. presents 2010 Hispanic Scholarship recipient Sasha Santamaria of Laurelton, NY with $5,000 award and certificate.

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