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    Join Us: Celebrating the Contributions of Jaime Benitez

    As part of Hispanic heritage month in Washington D. C, we will be joining the ASPIRA Association at a forum to commemorate the exemplary life and extraordinary achievements of Don Jaime Benítez, Puerto Rican Patriot, educator, Rector, President of the University of Puerto Rico and member of the United States Congress, who dedicated his life to public service. We hope you can or are interested in attending this event.

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    Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

    Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized from September 15 through October 15. With the 2018 theme, “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions”, we celebrate the customs, legacies, and achievements of all Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our great Nation. UPRAA would like to recognize the achievements of all Hispanic Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month by spotlighting a few of our own members! You can share in the celebration by tagging or DMing @UPRAA_org on Twitter, @UPRAA on Facebook, or by emailing Jose O. Torres at jotorres@upraa.org.  

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    ALUMNI OF THE UPR SYSTEM IN THE MAINLAND SUPPORT CURRENT STUDENTS

    San Juan, PR- With the mission to encourage and support the new and upcoming generation of professionals, alumni of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), living in the Continental United States, presented scholarships to twenty students of the UPR system. The Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA), granted scholarships to the top 20 out of 200 applications submitted by students who demonstrated financial need and excelled academically in the science, technology, engineering, math and several other fields. UPRAA gave $1,000 grants to each of the selected students. The funds for these scholarships come from fundraising sources and through the support of corporations like Ford Motor…

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    UPRAA recognizes distinguished alumni and Puerto Rican members of Congress

    During the Annual Holidays and Excellence Awards Reception held at the US Congress, UPRAA recognized a group of Distinguished Alumni and Puerto Rican members of the US Congress for their leadership and contributions to our community.  This exciting membership event, held on December 5th, in the Rayburn House Office Building, brought together a large group of UPRAA members, UPRAA friends, and leaders from the private sector. The event was graciously supported by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who serves as Representative of the 3rd District of Ohio.   The 2017 UPRAA’s Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to Juan L. Negrón, UPR-Rio Piedras; Francheska Reyes, UPR-Mayaguez; Jomar I. Martínez, UPR-Mayaguez; Josué Rivera, UPR-Bayamon;…

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    Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

              Just two days after Hurricane Maria entered through Puerto Rico destroying everything in its path, members of the diaspora have come together to find ways they could assist their friends and relatives. The American Red Cross has indicated that as generous as it may be to collect personal goods and donations, it becomes very challenging to transport individual boxes of goods and get it to the people that need it the most. Therefore, it is best to collect funds and provide it to local organizations that already have local ties with the most vulnerable populations and will ensure the money goes to the right people. To this…

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    UPRAA closes the year recognizing its Founding Members!

    UPRAA Founding Members from left: Ms. Grace Dewan, Mr. Tomás Esterrich, Ms. Sara Clemente, Mr. Mario Acosta, Dr. Jacob Lozada, and Dr. Margarita Benítez.  During a special celebration at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D,C., UPRAA celebrated its last event of the year with a well-deserved recognition of its founding members for their contributions and continued support to the development of our alumni organization and the educational goals of our Hispanic youth. UPRAA’s Vice-President, Jose O. Torres, welcomed all in attendance saying, “tonight we celebrate all our great accomplishments during this year and to recognize the founding members who had the vision to make something bigger than themselves, make a difference…

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    Celebrating the contributions of our Puerto Rican diaspora to the Federal Government: An interview with Ileana Pérez Nieves

    Out of the two million employees in the Federal Government, Hispanics represent only an 8.5% of the federal workforce, according to a report published by the Office of Personnel Management for fiscal year 2015. Despite the staggering numbers, there are Hispanics and Puerto Ricans in particular, who have become the epitome of federal service and excellence. Such is the case of Ileana Pérez Nieves, an UPRAA member and an alumna of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayaguez Campus. Ileana Pérez Nieves works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), an intelligence agency under the United States Department of Defense. She serves as a program manager for the International Solutions Office,…

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    UPRAA grants Sixteen Scholarships to an Outstanding Group of Students in Puerto Rico!

    On Thursday, September 20th, 2016, the Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) awarded sixteen scholarships to a group of outstanding students who have demonstrated superior academic performance and financial need. During an inspiring ceremony in the Botanic Garden of the University of Puerto Rico, the Interim President, Dr. Celeste Freytes Gonzalez, congratulated the students for their admirable efforts and praised UPRAA for their continued support to education. Along with our special guests were Academic Deans from Universities throughout the island, Mr Joe Vila, Community Outreach Manager of the Ford Fund, and several family members and friends. Ten of these students received special scholarships in Science,…

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    UPRAA Salutes our Veterans!

    ...for their selfless service to our nation and honors one of its own:  Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired), Dennis O. Freytes. It is with great pleasure that UPRAA recognizes one of its own: UPR alumnus, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Dennis O. Freytes.  Colonel Freytes was recently inducted into the Florida Veteran’s Hall of Fame for his distinguished military and civic service.  On 9 November 2016, the Florida Governor and his cabinet recognized his efforts at a well-attended ceremony at the Florida Capitol Building.  The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to…