Monday, March 2, 2015



By now, we hope you’re aware of the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship Fund.
We launched the new initiative this past autumn with a goal of awarding our first scholarship at the end of this academic year – and we thank you all for participating in our fund-raising efforts both in our shops and through purchases at
The scholarship, a longtime goal of owner Maria Luisa Whittingham (who herself benefitted from a scholarship during her school days), is now in place with the inaugural award to indeed be presented at the end of this academic year.
The scholarship is designed to recognize “Rockland County high school female seniors who have demonstrated a desire to learn and foster principles of civic and community involvement, issues around social justice, inequality and related interests supporting Fair Trade and eco-friendly principles. Each year, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a promising Rockland County high school female senior, in need of financial aid, to assist with costs in attending a college of her choice.”
We at Maria Luisa are so pleased to see this all become a reality. Please encourage any female Rockland high school senior you know to consider applying – and please help us further spread the word.
Deadline for filing is April 17. Finalists may be contacted for an interview. Students will be notified by email of any scholarship award on or before June 1.
To learn more, or apply, visit the Rockland Community Foundation at

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