East Hampton resident Nelly Abad (pictured center with her daughter Samanta) accepted a $300 ESL scholarship for women students, funded by Peconic Bay Zonta. Mona Rowe (right) and Mary Ann Miller, both members of the local chapter of Zonta International, presented her with the check.
Originally from Ecuador, Abad is a student at the Riverhead Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College and has successfully completed Level 3 of the ESL (English as a second language) program.
In her scholarship application, Abad wrote that she would like to learn English because she wants to help her children in school. She plans to continue her education.