Sunday, March 31, 2024

It's an Empowerment & Health Literacy Moment, and You're invited!

     The application period for the Valorena Online & Cocoa Kids Collection Scholarship has ended. We're excited to announce that we've received an impressive 165 applications from talented young women from across the country, representing 30 states and the Virgin Islands. Over four weeks, our distinguished panel of judges, which includes Sharon Ching, Leslie Fields-Cruz, Lorena Jones, and Sandra Montañez-Diodonet, Ph.D., will carefully review each essay to select a winner. 

     With such a diverse array of submissions, reflecting various voices and experiences of American youth today, the judging process is no small feat. Our judges come from diverse backgrounds themselves, ensuring a thoughtful evaluation of every entry. Throughout the judging period, we'll introduce one judge each week via Linkedin, allowing you to learn more about the accomplished women who will determine the winning entry. 

     To culminate this activity, you are invited to join us when we take a moment to honor our Valorena Publishing & Cocoa Kids Collection Books' 2024 Scholarship Winner, finalists and judges. You'll learn more about our reading and health literacy mission, meet some our nation's most promising young women, and hear their inspiring stories during this informal, online gathering. 

The Valorena Publishing & Cocoa Kids Collection® Books
Virtual Scholarship Reception 
Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 8-9PM EST

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2024, from 3-4PM EST

Tickets are available through Eventbrite:

We’re virtual this year, asking for donations that will support next year’s scholarship award, which is anticipated to be in-person event. Until then, we hope to see you and ask that you please help spread the word!


P.S. To support us in another way, please sponsor and/or donate a ticket. You can sponsor a ticket to be shared with one of our finalists or other guests by simply clicking the link above. On the Eventbrite page, select “Get a ticket.” Follow prompts to make a donation, then return the ticket to the organizer through the portal. We’ll pass it along to one of our finalists to use. This is in case there isn't simply someone you'd like to host to whom you would simply pass the ticket along. However you do it, thanks for supporting a great cause.

Dr. Valerie~

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