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 Celebration of Community Progress 2023

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 Scholarship Funds

Choose one or both scholarship funds to support through this event. Please select below.


Cesiah Toro Mullane was a one of the founding members and Board President of CHLDC, and extremely supportive resident of the Cypress Hills community. Cesiah was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she graduated from Rio Pieras and went to the University of Puerto Rico for two years. In 1954 she became a resident of Cypress Hills, and embraced CHLDC's work in youth and family services, educational reform and affordable housing & economic development. Cesiah was an enthusiastic fundraiser and tireless volunteer - - whether it was serving as the Master of Ceremonies for “We Love Cypress Hills Day;” working to govern the Cypress Hills Community School; composing and editing by-laws; convincing private philanthropists to invest in the organization; or motivating others, by her own example, to give of their time and money to CHLDC. 

Education and opportunity were important to Cesiah. In 1976, she completed her B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education at York College of CUNY. From 1977 to 1983, she was an interpreter and bilingual assistant to the Director of Personnel/Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Division, and later worked as a Paralegal Supervisor in the Family Law Unit. Cesiah also worked at August Martin High School, mentored students from the Empire State University, and was sewing instructor at the F.K. Lane High School Adult Education Program. 

Cesiah showed us all the impact of one remarkable woman’s vision and leadership. In honor of the late Cesiah Toro Mullane we offer a scholarship in her name to current college students from the Cypress Hills community. We are proud to continue her legacy by supporting our students in their efforts to complete college! Your contribution will help to support the college related expenses of a high-achieving and financially needy student pursuing a 4 year Bachelor’s degree. 

Award Information:

The Fund will award two new first year $1000 scholarships to Cypress Hills’ residents who exemplify Cesiah’s values and life. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, travel, and other college related expenses. The scholarship is intended to support financially needy students pursuing a 4 year Bachelor’s degree. Students must provide copies of their transcripts on an annual basis demonstrating that they have accumulated enough academic credits to advance to the next college level in order to be considered for scholarship renewals. The scholarship is renewable up to 4 years if a student remains in good standing. In the second year the scholarship is $1000, in the third year, the scholarship is $1000 and the final year, it is $1,500. The scholarship will not be renewed if college transcripts show a lack of credit accumulation or academic failures.


Patricia Ann Tanner was one of the  founders of the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. Pat and her husband, Roger were the longtime owners of Werner & Acker/Cypress Hills Florist on Jamaica Avenue and Crescent Street and were leaders of Andrews United Methodist Church and local merchants associations. As a founder of CHLDC, Pat had the vision and the fortitude to set our organization’s course for over 27 years.  She volunteered tirelessly from 1983 through her retirement in 2010. Pat served as the Treasurer of our Board of Directors for many years and then our Board President for six years, tripling our programming and budget, and then leading our housing subsidiary corporations for another ten years! Her commitment to community service, giving young people opportunities and supporting neighborhood small businesses is an inspiration to us all.

Award Information:

The Fund will award two $1,000 scholarships to two new first year Cypress Hills’ residents who exemplify Pat Tanner’s values and life. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, travel, and other college/certification related expenses. The scholarship is intended to support financially needy students pursuing a 2 year Associate’s degree or Trade Certifications.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors


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