Music Superstar Mary J. Blige’s Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) and Urban League Awarded Camry Rosario with $50,000 Scholarship to Attend Mercy College

December 1, 2010
Thanks to a $50,000, four-year college scholarship, funded by recording artist Mary J. Blige's charity, the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), and the Urban League, Mercy College freshman Camry Rosario is one step closer to making her dream of becoming a pharmacist a reality.

Rosario, who enrolled in Mercy’s biology program this fall, says she selected the College because of its prestigious PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program.
“The Mercy College PACT appealed to me as soon as I learned about it,” Rosario says.

The PACT, a nationally recognized mentoring program, pairs incoming freshmen with highly qualified, full-time professional mentors who help students navigate through all aspects of college life, from financial aid to finding internships.

Dr. William E. Martinov, executive dean of student services and leadership, says, “The PACT is a cutting edge initiative in higher education. The unique combination of services and programs prepares our high achieving students to be the best candidate for the graduate school or job of their choice.”

Rosario, who meets with her PACT Mentor Avion Rhoden weekly to discuss academic, career and personal goals, has big plans for the future.

“I want to go to graduate school and get the job of my dreams,” she says. “Being here at Mercy will help me do that.”

“By utilizing PACT services, Camry is successfully navigating her college experience and planning for her future,” says Rhoden. “She epitomizes the objective of the PACT.”

Rosario is grateful for the scholarship funding, saying, “It will alleviate the burden of paying for college and provide opportunities that otherwise may not have been possible.”

Mercy Scholarships Provide Students with Millions for College
Mercy College is partnering with students to help alleviate the financial burden of paying for college. For the fall 2010 term, the College has awarded $2.6 million (annual) in scholarship support for 946 students. Scholarship funding will continue to be awarded to students entering in the spring 2011 term.

Nearly $20 million in institutional aid is provided every year by Mercy College with well over 100 scholarships and grants offered. Some distinguished scholarships include the Carol Burnett Scholarship, the Presidential Honors Scholarship, and the Trustee Scholarship.

For a full list of scholarships and grants, visit

About Mercy College
Mercy College is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1950, providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Liberal Arts. An engaging and personalized learning experience, that includes the college’s revolutionary PACT (Personalized Achievement Contract) program, is offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, as well as campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights and White Plains. 877-MERCY-GO.


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