Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

National Puerto Rican Day Parade DOUBLES Scholarship Committment!

Mi Gente…

I got this amazing news yesterday and I could not wait to share. As you remember, the National Puerto Rican Parade Committee (NPRDP) refocused their efforts, revamped their board and recommitted their efforts on restoring the parade to it’s original mission & purpose. We were proud to be part of that “reboot” via our social media initiatives (#QueBonitaBandera) with #TeamCapicu participating in the parade with a full sized branded float.

The game changing does not end there… it was announced yesterday that the NPRDP has doubled all scholarship efforts investing heavily in Boricua youth and their education. I have attached the original press release so you can get all the info regarding this amazing announcement.

Boricuas… Bien hecho!

As I am,

George Torres

Follow me on Twitter & Instagram – @UrbanJibaro



Organization Doubles the Dollar Figure and 

Total Number of Scholarships Awarded from 2014

February 9, 2015, New York City – The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Awards Program.   With a mission to empower the Puerto Rican community through promoting culture, education and civic engagement, NPRDP established the Scholarship Awards Program to help promote the pursuit of higher education within the community.

 In 2015, the NPRDP will double the total dollar figure and number of scholarships awarded in 2014, to thirty (30) scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each, which will be awarded to exceptional Puerto Rican youth who are making a difference in their community.  Applications are available for download at the Parade website, or requested via email at

To be eligible to participate in the 2015 Scholarship Awards Program, applicants must:

  • Be of Puerto Rican descent
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Participate in an interview with a member(s) of the Selection Committee
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 25 and enrolled in a 4-year institution, for applicants already in college
  • Be in their senior year, for high school applicants


Application packages must include: a completed application form; an essay; a written biography; a volunteer community service statement; two letters of recommendation, of which one letter of recommendation must be from the site where the student performs his/her volunteer work; official academic transcripts and head shot photo.  Letters of recommendation should be requested from teachers, professors, counselors, mentors, clergy, community leaders, etc.  The letters should highlight the applicant’s volunteer community service, length of the relationship with the candidate, and the specific contributions the applicant has made to the community.


Applications must be submitted electronically to byFriday, March 6, 2015.  Letters of recommendation and sealed transcripts should be mailed together to National Puerto Rican Day Parade, P.O Box 975, New York, NY 10272 by Friday March 6, 2015.  Materials received after this date will result in the applicant’s disqualification.  Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by email, and interviews will take place the weeks of March 9, 2015 and March 16, 2015.


Winners will be announced in late May, and they will have the opportunity to compete in the Rising Stars Challenge, where one young woman and one young man will be crowned Princess and Prince of the Parade, and awarded an additional $1,000 in scholarship money.


National Puerto Rican Day Parade DOUBLES Scholarship Committment!