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Former Irvington Resident Wins Pepsico Scholarship

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November 19 2021

Tiffany Patton, formerly of Irvington, is one of 25 inaugural recipients of a $25,000 scholarship from the PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the buy-and-hold food and beverage giant.

The SMILE Scholarships (Matters of Success in Life and Education) are specifically designed to support black and Latino community college students attempting to transfer to four-year bachelor’s degree institutions, with a preference for those who wish to study in science, technology, energy or mathematics (STEM). Ten of this year’s first-time winners, including Tiffany, were students at Westchester Community College.

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In addition to the scholarship money, each of the winners will be given career guidance by a Pepsico employee.

The money gave Tiffany a wider range of four-year colleges to choose from. She chose Baruch in New York City, where she moved while she was recording. Having that choice, she says, “was a pivotal moment for me.

“I wish every college student could choose their dream school without financial constraints, but that’s simply not the case,” says Tiffany.

“Educational equity is critical to equalizing opportunities for the black and Hispanic communities,” says Jessica McKenzie, Senior Director of Communications, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, PepsiCo. “The PepsiCo Foundation Community College Program seeks to open doors, change lives, and address curricular barriers that have disproportionately affected minority students who deserve a fair chance at higher education.”

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