Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Peconic Bay Awards ESL Scholarship to Lilian Garces

Lilian P. Garces (center) of East Hampton won a $300 scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta, a service and advocacy group that works to improve the status of women. Peconic Bay Zonta members Mary Ann Miller (left) and Diane Greenberg joined Garces at Suffolk County Community College’s Riverhead campus, where she successfully completed Level 3 of the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The local Zonta group awards the scholarship biannually to a female student in an ESL program who is studying to achieve an educational goal.

A native of Colombia, Garces came to the U.S. in 2005. In her scholarship application, she wrote, “I want to become an interior designer, and I think that when you get to a foreign country with goals, the first step to fulfill them is speaking the language of the country.” She also said that she wanted to show her son that it is never too late to learn.

Based in Riverhead, Peconic Bay Zonta covers the East End of Long Island and is affiliated with Zonta International, which works to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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