Sunday, June 12, 2016

NPRDP 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM ***SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED | FEBRUARY 15th***

NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM (APPLY TODAY!)

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR 2016 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15th

Applications for the 2016 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholarship Program are now available, and the submission deadline is now February 15, 2016 In our continued commitment to promote education and advance our community, the NPRDP will award sixty (60) scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to high school seniors and college students in their freshman through junior years who are of Puerto Rican descent.  Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, where the NPRDP will select the 2016 Princess and Prince of the Parade.

Download an application through the links below.  Details regarding eligibility requirements, directions for submission packages and deadlines can be found on the application.  Good luck!​

Download Scholarship Application – For High School Students 

Download Scholarship Application – For College Students

Letter to the President of the United States | Puerto Rico Fiscal Crisis

December 23, 2015

  
The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

There are 8 million Puerto Ricans U.S. Citizens, the 3.5 million American citizens who call the island home and the 4.5 million who live in the U.S. are impacted (or affected) by the serious economic and fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico that requires immediate Presidential and congressional action.  The Commonwealth has been mired in a decade long recession, during which the island’s economy has shrank and unemployment soared, and the Commonwealth’s fiscal hole deepened, resulting in more than 450,000 U.S. Citizens leaving the island.  Puerto Rico has taken emergency actions to address these challenges, but those actions has been exhausted.  Puerto Rico has already taken significant steps to address its fiscal crisis, reform its health care system but more action is required.

We urge you to take immediate action by:

– Including a statement in your State of the Union message to the nation about the urgency of responding to the unfolding humanitarian and financial crisis affecting U.S. Citizens in Puerto Rico.
– Directing U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients, to create a working committee to use the Exchange Stabilization Fund to assist Puerto Rico’s fiscal situation.
– Directing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to resolve administrative issues impending a more equitable treatment of Puerto Rico on Medicare and other federal healthcare programs, and directing Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan to add funds to the 2017 budget to cover healthcare unfunded costs to Puerto Rico.

Administrative actions cannot solve the crisis, but are required to help mitigate the crisis while other initiatives unfold.  Puerto Rico has lost access to credit markets and has run out of cash.  It is expected that it will be unable to cover a bond payment of almost $1 billion dollars due on January 1st and to scale back government services further, yet again!

We call for your forceful response to the plight of the American citizens in Puerto Rico.

Most respectfully,

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
NPRDP Board Chair

National Day of Action for Puerto Rico

PRcrisisENG1On December 2nd, Puerto Rican and allied community, government, labor and faith leaders from across the country will converge on Capitol Hill for a National Day of Action for Puerto Rico that will urge Congress to act on behalf of the Commonwealth.  The leadership of the Puerto Rican community will converge to discuss the crisis in Puerto Rico and its impact across all states, and what can be done by the Federal Government to begin to rectify the dire situation.

Puerto Rico is in a humanitarian crisis. Puerto Rico, home to 3.5 million American citizens, is $72 billion in debt, or $20,000 for every man, woman, and child on the island. Puerto Rico’s Governor has declared the island’s debts to be “unpayable”, with the government expected to default on over $350 million on December 1st.

To learn more about Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and some of the recommendations being discussed, click here

Download National Day of Action – Save The Date English / Spanish)

 

 

2016 NPRDP Scholarship Awards Program – APPLY TODAY

NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM

Applications for the 2016 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholarship Program are now available.  In our continued commitment to promote education and advance our community, the NPRDP will award sixty (60) scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to high school seniors and college students in their freshman through junior years who are of Puerto Rican descent.  Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, where the NPRDP will select the 2016 Princess and Prince of the Parade.

Download an application through the links below.  Details regarding eligibility requirements, directions for submission packages and deadlines can be found on the application.  Good luck!​

Download Scholarship Application – For High School Students 

Download Scholarship Application – For College Students

New York Daily News Editorial: A Proud Community

We acknowledge the New York Daily News for providing the editorial space to correct the inaccurate reporting, and misrepresentation of our Parade and our people. It is a strong and honest step to rectify a mistake, recognize the community’s reaction, and respond in a kind, fair and appropriate manner. The Daily News’ editorial is proof that the community has been heard, and a reminder of the need for accurate, serious and responsible news reporting.

– National Puerto Rican Day Parade


 

Excerpt from New York Daily News Editorial – June 20, 2015

Pride. It’s an emotion that we carry in abundance as we cover this great city and its vibrant, diverse communities.

In the past week, however, we’ve heard from many of you that we have recently offended one of those communities.

On Monday, our coverage of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade — an event that the Daily News has proudly co-sponsored for 25 years — included a photo, shot from behind, of two topless women dressed in G-string bikinis, carrying a Puerto Rican flag.

Due to misleading information provided to our editors by a wire photo service, we described these women as paradegoers. They were not. They were, in fact, “performers” trying to make a buck from tourists in Times Square.

As a result, we negatively mischaracterized what the Puerto Rican community represents. Its nearly 1 million members have been, and will continue to be, one of the cornerstones of New York and an irreplaceable thread in its unique fabric.

Read Full Editorial