Staten Island student wins prestigious scholarship Staten Island student wins prestigious scholarship

A Pace student was featured in Staten Island Advance for winning the New York Women in Communications scholarship. She will be appearing live on The Today Show on Monday, April 23 along with the other scholarship winners.

From Staten Island Advance:

Marisch Perera of Castleton Corners, a freshman at Pace University, will be among the 2012 recipients of a New York Women in Communications Scholarship April 23 during the Matrix Awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.

Perera, a graduate of the CSI High School for International Studies in 2011, is the daughter of Theres L. Mallika and Mayrion R. Perera, who came to the United States from Sri Lanka.

Perera and her sister, Melissa, a student at Stony Brook University, are first-generation Americans and are the first members of their family to attend college.

The scholarships are presented by the New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, Inc.

Perera will be one of a select few to receive this prestigious scholarship during the evening, which will honor “Women Who Change the World.” The event, which will feature Matrix Award winners and presenters, including Glenn Close, Tyra Banks, Meredith Vieira, Rocco DiSpirito, Barbara Walters and Lesley Stahl, among others.

“We are proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these young women,” said Susan Schulz, president of the New York Women in Communications Foundation.

“Our scholarship program, now more than a decade old, represents a high standard of excellence. By honoring these students, we uphold our organization’s mission to promote professional advancement and inspire others in our industry — both young women just starting out, as well as more seasoned professionals — to be ‘Women Who Change the World.’”

The New York Women in Communications Foundation is the largest foundation for communications scholarships for women in the tri-state area, with denominations of monetary scholarships in total of more than $100,000.

Scholarships are awarded annually based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community-service activities, honors and other awards or recognition, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations.

Students who wish to apply for this scholarship, may visit for a full list of requirements and to apply online.

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