The Varsity Club of Staten Island presented its 2016 Joe Coty Jr. Memorial Scholarship to 17-year-old Rozlind H. Robinson, a senior at South Richmond High School (SRHS) who receives services from the Society’s SafeTY.net Program. Rozlind, who achieved her goal of earning a high school diploma despite intellectual and physical challenges, received the prestigious scholarship award at the Varsity Club‘s annual Student Athletic Awards Dinner, June 1 at the Staaten.
Rozlind has participated in SafeTY.net since September and was nominated for the scholarship by program Director Robin Sklarin. SafeTY.net provides comprehensive transitional educational, employment, housing, and community living services to teens and young adults who are living with emotional or mental challenges.
Rozlind lives with her parents and 13-year-old brother in Mariners Harbor. “Because her parents are elderly, Rozlind is a very devoted daughter who has had to make many sacrifices to help care for them in their home,” according to Ms. Sklarin. During her sophomore high school year, Rozlind received home instruction due to a foot injury and consequent surgeries. Despite her foot injury, Ms. Sklarin said, “Rozlind takes responsibility for the countless aspects of running a household and seeing to the well-being of her brother and parents.” She eventually returned to school and will graduate in June.
Rozlind also overcame other challenges, including learning disabilities and bullying, as she made her way through high school, Ms. Sklarin added. As part of SRHS’s work-study program, she participates in para-professional training classes at PS 37, where she works with disabled children. Her career goal is to become a medical assistant and she plans to enroll in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at the College of Staten Island in the fall.
Rozlind will use the scholarship stipend to help defray college costs.
Since 2011, the Varsity Club’s Joe Coty Jr. Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to youngsters who are highly motivated to overcome intellectual, emotional, or developmental barriers to achieve their goals. To help prepare the recipients to reach their life‘s goals, the scholarship underwrites some or all of the costs of college or other post secondary education, vocational training, or acquisition of a specific skills.