Rep. Minnie Gonzalez

August 13, 2013


State Representative and current President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures (NHCSL) Minnie Gonzalez (D-Hartford) and State Representative Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven), along with representatives from Comcast, presented a John S. Martinez Scholarship award to Nicole S. Mallma, a student in New Haven who aspires to be a lawyer.

Rep. Juan Candelaria
Ms. Mallma, John Bairos, Robert Earley from Comcast and Representatives Gonzalez and Candelaria.

"I thank Comcast for their dedicated support and commitment to our communities – especially to our young people in their pursuit of higher education," Rep. Gonzalez said. "Ms. Mallma has demonstrated the kind of leadership and drive that makes her an excellent candidate and recipient of this award and I wish her the very best in future endeavors."

"I am pleased to see that part of the legacy of our late Rep. Martinez lives on through this generous scholarship," Rep. Candelaria said. "I also thank Comcast and congratulate Ms. Mallma as this year's recipient of this award and wish her much success as she pursues her academic goals and her continued commitment to our community."

"At Comcast, we believe in giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work and we are committed to investing in tomorrow's leaders," said John Bairos, Manager of Government and Community Relations for Comcast in Connecticut. "We are pleased to partner with the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and State Representatives Minnie Gonzalez of Hartford and Juan Candelaria of New Haven to help award the John S. Martinez Memorial Scholarship to Nicole Mallma. We hope this scholarship helps this deserving student as she pursues her future goals and dreams and we can't wait to see what she accomplishes."

The John S. Martinez Excellence in Leadership Award was created by the NHCSL in memory of the late John S. Martinez, former State Representative of Connecticut and NHCSL President in 2001-2002. The award is presented to students that demonstrate leadership and dedication to their community. The three thousand dollar award was presented to Ms. Mallma at the Connecticut State Capitol.

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