Louis Maldonado said he would like to see more of his Puerto Rican culture preserved and celebrated.
Maldonado, 52, graduated from Brookside High School in 1988, and has lived in New York City for over three decades.
He is an advertising and marketeer for the Spanish consumer market.
Maldonado became the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board chair in 2018.
He has been a member of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board since 2014.
“This is the 55th year of the parade, which is one of the largest parades in New York City,” Maldonado said “Our mission is to preserve and promote Puerto Rican culture, heritage and history which is becoming important as we look at the Puerto Rican diaspora.”
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board is accepting applications for its 2022 National Scholarship Program.
For the sixth consecutive year, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board will award 100 scholarships valued at $2,000 each to exceptional students of Puerto Rican descent who are making a difference in their communities.
Applicants must be high school seniors or full-time college/university students in their freshman through junior years.
“Since 2014, we have been awarded over $1.2 million through the scholarship program, and we are proud and excited to continue supporting students in our community in their pursuit of higher education,” Maldonado said. “Recent winners have represented over 20 states and Puerto Rico, and we expect to broaden participation even further in 2022.”
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
● Be of Puerto Rican descent
● Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, or equivalent high school grade
● Be a high school senior or freshman through junior in college, ages of 17 through 25
● Be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college/university, for college students
● Have a track record of doing volunteer work or community service
● Participate in an interview with a member(s) of the scholarship selection committee
Previous winners are eligible to re-apply.
Maldonado said education is one avenue that the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board uses to create impact.
“We want our community to advance and continue to make positive contributions to society,” he said. “The only way we can assure that, is if we promote education.
“Education is the economic equalizer and prepares us to take on the world.”
The scholarship application and further details on requirement are available at www.nprdpinc.org.
Deadline is March 26.