Kaplan Educational Foundation Celebrates 2012 Graduates and Welcomes New
Program Helps Community College Students Transfer and Earn Four-Year Degrees
from Top Colleges and Universities
NEW YORK -- May 03, 2012
The Kaplan Educational Foundation’s (KEF) Leadership Program celebrates the
graduation of its latest cohort to complete their bachelor degree studies at a
ceremony to be held this evening at Kaplan, Inc.’s corporate offices in New
York City: 395 Hudson Street. The five students—all of whom attended New
York-area community colleges—are graduating from four-year colleges,
including: Mount Holyoke College, American University, the University of
Rochester and Bard College.
These latest program graduates join the ranks of those that preceded them in
the Leadership Program, who graduated from schools such as Cornell University,
New York University, Smith College, Syracuse University and Emerson College.
All of the “scholars” selected for admission to Kaplan’s Leadership Program
(KLP) are high-potential, underrepresented students from low-income households
who want to attend a top four-year degree program, and pursue challenging
Since the program’s inception six years ago, 93 percent of those who
transferred to a four-year university went on to complete their bachelor
Two alumni of the program are completing their Masters Degrees:
*Hamissou Samari, Masters of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of
Government, Harvard University ’12, American University ’09, and Borough
of Manhattan Community College ’07;
*Norberto Taveras, Masters of Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work,
Hunter College ’12, New York University ’11, and Hostos Community College
Among other KLP alumni, one now holds a technology management position at a
major New York City financial institution; another works in marketing at a
Fortune 500 consumer products company. The others will embark on their chosen
career, in such fields as international development, film and TV production
and early childhood education.
This year’s graduating KEF Scholars will be joined by the newest cohort of
community college students accepted in the scholarship and mentoring program
designed to help each student succeed at their current two-year college and
matriculate into a four-year college of their choosing. Cohort 7 includes
seven students who are currently enrolled in the following area community
colleges: Kingsborough Community College, Bronx Community College, and Hostos
Established on 2006, the Kaplan Leadership Program is focuses specifically on
helping community college students complete their associate’s degree and
successfully transfer and go on to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree. The
program is distinctive in terms of the population it serves and the
comprehensive nature of its support. In addition to scholarships (up to as
much as $20,000 per year), the Program provides stipends for living expenses,
extensive tutoring, academic advisement services, and leadership and career
“The Program’s comprehensive model allows us to identify and address our
individual scholars’ needs,” said Jennifer Benn, Executive Director of the
Kaplan Educational Foundation. “Our goal is to remove barriers while exposing
each student to a broad range of academic, career, and leadership
opportunities which allow them to find their true life’s work. Stipends and
tuition dollars are only a part of the formula that we know is necessary for
The newly accepted 2012 Kaplan Educational Foundation Leadership Program
*Adonis Billy - Hostos Community College
*Godwin Boaful - Bronx Community College
*Gabriel Flores - Kingsborough Community College
*Kemone Martin - Bronx Community College
*Jessenia Preciado - Kingsborough Community College
*Denise Reynoso - Hostos Community College
*Ariela Rosa - Bronx Community College
Those who are transferring on to four-year colleges and universities are:
*Shara Concepcion, Liberal Arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College
*Shakayla Lawrence, Mental Health, Kingsborough Community College
*Leondardo Minier, Engineering Science, Bronx Community College
*Mariana Rivera, Criminal Justice, Hostos Community College
*Enoch Sowah, Liberal Arts, Hostos Community College
*Ayania Wellington, Liberal Arts, Borough of Manhattan Community College
*Abdoulazakou Traore, Chemical Engineering, Bronx Community College
Those completing the Kaplan Leadership Program and earning bachelor’s degrees
this year are:
*Komi Attitso, B.A. Biology/Public Health, University of Rochester ’12, and
Bronx Community College ’10.
*Jonathan Chavez, B.A. Sociology, Bard College ’12, and La Guardia
Community College ’10.
*Anastasia Morton, B.A. Psychology and Educational Studies ’12, Mount
Holyoke College and La Guardia Community College ’09.
*Cristina Rodriguez, B.A., Communication, Legislation, Economics and
Government, American University ’12 and La Guardia Community College ’09.
*Gary Waiyaki, B.A. Bioethics, University of Rochester ’12, and Borough of
Manhattan Community College ’10.
About the Kaplan Educational Foundation
The Kaplan Educational Foundation (www.kaplanedfoundation.org) was founded by
Kaplan, Inc., a global leader in education and career services. The Foundation
provides high-potential, low-income students with academic and financial
support, and leadership training to raise their expectations for success and
open doors to opportunities that will change their lives and communities.
Follow KEF at www.facebook.com/KaplanScholars.
Kaplan, Inc. (www.kaplan.com) is a leading international provider of
educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses.
Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including
higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for
kids in grades K through 12. Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post
Company (NYSE: WPO).
Mark Harrad, 212-974-6231
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