Berkeley College Foundation Awards Scholarships and Honors Business Leaders at 2019 Recognition Dinner

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Alumna Cecilia M. Perez, Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Company Litigation & Regulatory Proceedings Team, Receives Distinguished Alumni Award and

Kenneth Weinstein, President and CEO, Newtown Savings Bank,
Receives Outstanding Contribution Award


Photo Caption: Six of the 10 first-year Berkeley College students who received scholarships through the Berkeley College Foundation celebrated their accomplishments at the 2019 Leadership Recognition Dinner in Woodland Park, NJ, on November 14, 2019. Left to right are: Beverly Munoz of Hackensack, NJ; Tatiana Aviles of Middletown, NY; Angel Sanchez of Clifton, NJ; Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Executive Director, Berkeley College Foundation; Daniyel Bingham of Manhattan, NY; Elly Barbosa of Belleville, NJ; and Trinity Sarden of Passaic, NJ. The Berkeley College Foundation, established in 2015, has awarded 18 student scholarships for tuition aid that total more than $40,000, a Food Pantry at the Newark campus for all students, and discounted MetroCards for eligible Berkeley College students in New York City.

The Berkeley College Foundation celebrated the achievements of scholarship recipients and honored two leaders at the 2019 Leadership Recognition Dinner held in Woodland Park, NJ, on November 14, 2019. Citing the accomplishments in supporting the Foundation, Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Founding Executive Director, acknowledged what the contributions and benefits have been able to accomplish. 

“I want to thank everyone here who has helped establish and build this Foundation to be able to benefit our students here at Berkeley College. The students need your support in so many ways, not only with tuition assistance, but as you have heard, sometimes the challenges include transportation or food insecurity. There are many barriers that you help students overcome with your support,” said Dr. Cortes. 

The Berkeley College Foundation scholarship award program began in 2018 when eight students received the awards that would help them meet the expense of tuition. In 2019, another 10 scholarships were awarded, for a total of $40,000 in tuition aid.  As long as the student maintains eligibility, the $1,000 scholarship award per semester remains in effect for the duration of the student’s program. In addition, contributions from the Berkeley College Foundation helped to establish a Food Pantry at the Newark, NJ campus for all students, and to provide discounted MetroCards for eligible students to meet their transportation costs in New York City.

At this year’s Dinner, the Foundation also bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award to Cecilia M. Perez, Vice President, Litigation & Regulatory Proceedings Team, Goldman Sachs & Company, and the Outstanding Contribution Award to Kenneth L. Weinstein, President and CEO, Newtown Savings Bank.

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Photo Caption: (Left) The Berkeley College Foundation bestowed Cecilia M. Perez, Vice President, Litigation & Regulatory Proceedings Team, Goldman Sachs & Company (center, left) with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2019 Leadership Recognition Dinner held on November 14, 2019 in Woodland Park, NJ. Standing with her are Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Founding Executive Director (left), Berkeley College Foundation, and Michael Iris, Director, Berkeley College Alumni Association. (Right) Kenneth L. Weinstein, President and CEO, Newtown Savings Bank (center), received the Distinguished Contribution Award. He is with Dr. Cortes and Kevin L. Luing, Chairman, Berkeley College Board of Trustees, and Board Member, Berkeley College Foundation.

About the Berkeley College Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to provide support and resources to students pursuing quality experiences in higher education.  Scholarships are awarded to current and prospective students to help defray the cost of tuition and to enhance participation in educational enrichment activities.  The Foundation also awards grants to other worthy educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.  Based in New Jersey, the charitable organization received 501(c)(3) status in 2015.

About Berkeley College
Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College has campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY, as well as in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 5,700 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for six consecutive years. The website address is

The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.

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