Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. has awarded scholarships to six Long Island veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now enrolled at Nassau Community College. The scholarship program, which was initiated by the firm in 2011, recognizes local veterans who are continuing their education after returning from military service.
The Meyer Suozzi scholarship committee is chaired by A. Thomas Levin, Chair of the Local Government, Land Use and Environmental Compliance and the Professional Responsibility practices, and Past President of the NY State Bar Association.
The scholarship awards ceremony will be held on December 15, 2015 at Nassau Community College.
“Over the past six years, our firm has had the honor of awarding scholarships to more than 25 veterans,” said Meyer Suozzi Managing Attorney, Lois Carter Schlissel. “We deeply appreciate their service and wish them great success in their future endeavors.”
About the scholarship recipients:
Jacquelyn Thompson of Rosedale is a U.S. Army Veteran who served two combat tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2009-2010 and September 2011-August 2012. Ever since she could remember, Jacquelyn wanted to work in the world of fashion and is hoping to fulfill those dreams by completing a degree in fashion buying and merchandising. Upon her graduation, Ms. Thompson plans to open a non-for-profit community center, helping veterans and their family members, unemployed adults, and youths receive the tools necessary to enter the work force.
Agustin Cabrera of Massapequa, and second time winner of the scholarship, was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with the United States Army. After his active service, Mr. Cabrera found that artistic therapy including film, production and performance, was a therapeutic way of dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the very real struggle of reentering civilian life. His is currently the President of the Student Veterans America at Nassau Community College, which helps student vets find resources to help ease into civilian life. Mr. Cabrera is a Media major at Nassau Community College and plans to share his positive experiences with performing arts as therapy with other veterans who suffer from PTSD and other war-stress related symptoms.
Robert Molina a resident of Bellmore, served three years in the Marine Corp. He is currently working towards his accounting degree and will eventually obtain a CPA license. Robert has a passion for helping the community and hopes to use his degree to work with an organization that would provide financial literacy and low cost audit services. Mr. Molina is also active in local community service, something which he plans to continue even after graduation.
Roosevelt Morring of Garden City is a Veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1990. Mr. Morring’s goal is to become a Registered Dietician, a Certified Dietary Manager, and a Diabetes Educator. He is passionate about fighting our country’s battle with obesity, especially in children. Mr. Morring, who is visually impaired, has held a 4.0 GPA and was elected as co-president of the Student Veterans of America Nassau Community College. Being a visually impaired student has not been an easy task for Mr. Morring but it has not gotten in the way of achieving his goals.
Leronn Dorsey of Freeport served in the United States Military. He is currently working towards completing his degree in Retail Business management. Driven by his love of video games and hobby of networking with others through social media, his goal is to work as a marketing manager for a gaming company. With his experience from management in the military and his current schooling, he is getting closer to his goals each day.
Charles Guarneiri, a resident of Baldwin, is a United States Military Veteran who served from 2007-2012 and is continuing his services in the NY National Guard. He is currently working towards a degree in nursing and recently joined the Fire Department of New York. Mr. Guarneiri is deeply committed to his family, the community, hard work and helping others. All of those passions are what drive him to achieve his goals.