Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission Inaudy Esposito have announced that Pine Bush senior Alexandria Caceres is the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Scholarship award.
“Alexandria is a dedicated and conscientious student who is committed to making Orange County inclusive for all residents,” Neuhaus said. “I commend her for taking such an interest in her classmates at Pine Bush and in human rights. Alexandria is a leader and a role model, and I know that she will be successful in her future endeavors.”
To qualify for the $1,000 scholarship, students must demonstrate respect and understanding of all racial, religious and ethnic groups. They are also required to initiate and/or participate in program(s) that foster human rights awareness in their schools or residential communities.
Caceres completed the course “Multiple voices: Diversity in U.S. Education”, a partnership between Pine Bush High School and SUNY New Paltz. She is passionate about celebrating the strength of individuals and breaking stereotypes. Caceres will attend SUNY Canton in the fall and major in Nursing.
“Alexandria demonstrated dedication and compassion towards others, and a clear understanding of the importance of valuing differences amongst us,” Esposito said. “She believes in equality and the Commission is very proud to have selected her as the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Scholarship.”
Scholarship winners must be a high school senior or eligible for graduation in the 2018 calendar year and be considering a post-secondary education. The eligible applicant must also reside in Orange County at the time of the nomination. The Orange County Human Rights Commission has been presenting the scholarship since 2006. It is funded through proceeds from the Commission’s annual event held each April.
To learn more about the Orange County Human Rights Commission, call 615-3680 or visit orangecountygov.com, click on Departments, then the Human Rights Commission page.