Scholarship Dinner Dance

The Rochester West Indian Festival Organization, Inc.(RWIFO, Inc.) is Presenting Scholarships to 6 Local Minority Graduating High School Students. RWIFO, Inc. will be hosting its 29th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner to honor and present scholarships to outstanding and academically sound high school students, who will be entering college later this year. This event will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Wishing Well, located at 1190 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY. The ceremony begins at 6:30pm with dinner served at 7:00pm, followed by music, fun, dancing, and lots more. The donation is $40 for adults and $20 for students 12-18. Tickets are available in advance by calling 234-0909 or at Livies Import Market, 375 Chili Avenue (529-4450). No tickets will be sold at the door.

Data indicate the average tuition and fees at a four-year college is rising year after year, outstripping increases in financial aid and pushing students into more borrowing, every little bit of aid is needed. RWIFO, Inc. wants to help our youth afford and attend college. This year, in celebration of our 29th anniversary, we will be awarding $650 scholarships to 5 minority recipients and one $850 Mary Thompson scholarship to a student with outstanding community service.

RWIFO, Inc. was formed in 1984 as a voice and vehicle for the Rochester Caribbean community. RWIFO, Inc.s primary focus is assisting the young people in our community. To date, over $90,000 has been awarded to local area students seeking to continue their academic careers through higher education. RWIFO, Inc. wants to help our youth afford and attend college. This year, in celebration of our 29th anniversary,

The Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner is sponsored by the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization, Inc. (RWIFO, Inc.). RWIFO, Inc. is a non-profit organization with 501(c) (3) status. Its mission is to promote the Caribbean culture in the city of Rochester, New York and its surrounding areas. RWIFO, Inc. is dedicated to the educational and mental success of our youth, young adults, and adult population. Its goal is to build a stronger, wiser, and successful community: culturally, socially, and financially.

RWIFO 2013 Scholarship Recipients:


Deodrick Barnes - McQuaid Jesuit High School


Shaniece Blair - Rochester STEM High School
Mecca Crumity - School of the Arts,
Lireyel Gitten - Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
Andrew Hylton - Rochester STEM High School
Ayana Mclaren - Aquinas Institute
Elton Ward - Rochester Early College International High School

Kristina Williams - Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School

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