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DCCCD Students’ Community Service Brings Scholarships

2013 Goldblatt awardees to be honored Oct.24

Sade AriyibiDallas, Texas – Two special people served Dallas decades ago: Max Goldblatt, who was elected to three terms on the Dallas City Council, and his wife, Rosa, who led multiple community service projects.  Max also was instrumental in the creation of the Dallas County Community College District.
 
Years later, their memory and community service efforts live on and are remembered when a student from each of the seven colleges in the DCCCD system are named Goldblatt Scholars, based on their motivation, success in the classroom and dedication to their communities.
 
Those students will be recognized during a special program on Thurs., Oct. 24, when they are honored with DCCCD’s 2013 Max and Rosa Goldblatt Endowment Awards in Community Service during a 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony at Maggiano’s Little Italy in North Park/Dallas.
 
One of the 2013 scholarship recipients is chemistry major Sade Ariyibi of North Lake College, who says that helping the community is more than just helping, it’s helping unselfishly.  “Helping the community also is about building personal characteristics like commitment, strength, confidence and – above all – compassion,” she explains.  “These characteristics optimize and define what I believe embodies the meaning of compassion.” 
 
Ariyibi’s community activities have included serving as a volunteer at the Baylor-Irving Hospital and as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program.  From the emergency room to light clerical work to helping patients, Ariyibi has learned much from her work.  As a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Brandenburg Elementary School, she helped youngsters with their homework, arts and crafts – and simply spent time talking to them and establishing a bond of friendship.  “What I have learned from my involvement in the program is that it’s not only about serving the community but also about showing compassion and love to those who need it most.”
 
The Goldblatt scholarship is given every third year to DCCCD students who show leadership in volunteer and community service work.  Each awardee receives a $600 scholarship ($300 per semester) from the DCCCD Foundation, which administers the Goldblatt scholarship endowment.  The seven DCCCD students receiving Goldblatt scholarships have been involved in community service projects such drives for homeless shelters, day camps for children, Habitat for Humanity, clothing closets, toy collections and similar efforts.  As recipients, the students also must demonstrate their personal commitment to community service by agreeing to volunteer at least 10 hours during each semester.
 
The scholarship was established in 1986 to honor the Goldblatts, who both served as former Dallas leaders and longtime supporters of DCCCD.  Together, the couple inspired their children to continue a tradition of civic and community service to others.
 
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North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.
 
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