Endowed Scholarships/Scholar Profile

Lucitania HernandezLucitania Hernandez '14, Hearst Scholar and first-generation college student

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major: Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Spanish

Extracurricular interests: Student Ambassador, Tour Guide, Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, International Club, Appreciating Races and Creating Opportunities (ARCO), Intramural Volleyball, Student Assistant in Admissions Office

Lucitania first came to Marist as a high school student participating in the Camp College program, which brings high school students to campus for a summer weekend of classes and activities.

"After spending an entire weekend on campus, I fell in love with Marist," Lucitania recalls.

But what really convinced her that Marist was the right place for her is the people.

"I loved the interaction between students. I knew that being on campus was never going to be boring and I would continuously be challenged by my peers and the faculty."

Lucitania credits the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Students from Underrepresented Populations, created in 2009 through a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations, with helping her to be financially able to attend Marist. Lucitania also takes advantage of the support Hearst Scholars receive through Marist’s Center for Multicultural Affairs.

"I feel that I always have a place to go to if I have a problem, and they will help me find the best solution. "

Lucitania is spending the summer as an intern with Target Corporation and preparing to study abroad in Spain for the fall semester, after which she will study in Cuba. After graduating, she plans to work in public relations.

Endowed scholarships provide a vital source of ongoing support for talented and deserving students like Lucitania. Expanding endowed scholarship support is a key priority of the Campaign for Marist.

To learn more about establishing an endowed scholarship at Marist, please call Chris DelGiorno, Vice President for College Advancement at (845) 575-3412 or email him at chris.delgiorno@marist.edu.

The Campaign for Marist