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Release Date: 08/04/2011

Time Warner Cable Scholarship "Class of 2011"

Company Provides Tuition Assistance to College-Bound Students Who Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

New York, NY – Time Warner Cable today awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 10 “Class of 2011” high school graduates selected from within the company’s service areas in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Western Brooklyn, Hudson Valley and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.  Each Time Warner Cable Scholarship recipient received $3,000 to aid the costs of pursuing a college education.

Applicants were required to display an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (“STEM”) or show participation in the community or school activities involving STEM.  This focus ties in to the company’s Connect a Million Minds® philanthropic initiative which was designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of STEM.

“Time Warner Cable is honored to provide our customers and their children an opportunity to invest in their future and pursue their dreams at prestigious institutions including Cornell University, Barnard College and Binghamton University,” said Bobby Amirshahi, Vice President of Communications in New York City, Time Warner Cable.  “The STEM component of our scholarship program emphasizes that an educational concentration on the STEM areas is critical to a student’s future.”

The local high school graduates attended the company’s scholarship ceremony in its lower Manhattan offices to celebrate their achievements and successes today.  Since the program began in 2000, Time Warner Cable has distributed $450,000 to local college-bound students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, community involvement and academic performance.  The program is exclusive to children of Time Warner Cable customers who plan to attend any accredited four-year college or university in the nation.

This year’s scholarship recipients represent areas including Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; Woodside, Queens; Jamaica, Queens; Ozone Park, Queens; Harlem, Manhattan; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Staten Island and Hudson Valley.  Students plan to pursue higher education with majors ranging from Computer Science and Engineering to Biology.

Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties), and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.

List of 2011 Scholarship Recipients

Alex Benzer - Englewood Cliffs, NJ  
Alex is a graduate of the Bergen County Academies.  He has a passion for all branches of computer science but holds a special interest in artificial intelligence.  With this passion he has attained Silver Division status in the USA Computing Olympiad as well as serving as the Director of Technology in the Model United Nations at his high school. Alex has participated in the Future Business Leaders of America Annual Competition for the last four years and has won the 1st place for the NJ state level for three of those years as well as placing fifth on the national level in 2010.  He will be studying Computer Science at the University of Illinois.

Megan Chiu - Woodside, NY
A graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Megan was a member of the Arista National Honor Society, senior advisory councilmember and a part of the Morgan-Stanley-Stuyvesant Mentoring Program. She was a member of Councilman John Liu’s Youth Action Team, an intern at Triad Management and was runner-up for the National Center for Women & Information Technologies NY-Tri State Area Aspirations in Computing. Megan plans to attend the City University of New York, Baruch College to study Business/Computer Science.

Angelica Cullo - Kingston, NY
Salutatorian of her class at Rondout Valley High School, Angelica was President of the Environmental Club, Vice President of the National Honors Society and an active member in numerous other extracurricular school activities. She was captain of the Varsity Soccer team as well a member of the Varsity Track & Field team, the Varsity Alpine Ski team and the Varsity Nordic Ski Team. Angelica was also a member of the Modern Dance Company as well as volunteering her time to various community organizations and causes.  She has received multiple awards for environmental science and will continue to pursue this field at Cornell University studying Environmental Engineering

Elizabeth Dalchand - Jamaica, NY
Layout Editor for the school newspaper at Queens Gateway to Health Science Secondary School, Elizabeth was Student Body Secretary and the grade representative for three years. She was a member of the Arista National Honors Society and page designer for school yearbook committee. Elizabeth was a volunteer at Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and was also selected as a Gateway Institute Shippy Scholar. She will be majoring in Engineering his fall at Barnard College.

Lisa Feng - Brooklyn, NY
While at Brooklyn Technical High School, Lisa was a member of the National Honors Society, the BETA Honor Society and the Red Cross Club. She served as Secretary and Treasurer for the CSI Club and was awarded the Regional 6th Place medal for Towers Event as a member of the Science Olympiad. Lisa was also an essay winner of the English Union Contest and was an active volunteer of the Asian Community United Society. She will be attending Cornell University as a biological science/chemistry major.

Michael Grasberg - Ozone Park, NY
Salutatorian and captain of the baseball team and math team, Michael was also a member of the Model United Nations at Lawrence Woodmere Academy. He was awarded the Award of Excellence in all his subject areas and was also a member of the Cum Laude Society. Michael will attend the City University of New York – Baruch College to study Mathematics this fall.

Abraham Kanter - New York, NY
Abraham was President of the Mock Trial team at Hunter College High School.  He was also captain of the Varsity Tennis team and was a National Merit finalist. He volunteered time to the Big Sib Mentoring Program at Hunter College High School and interned at the NYC Center for Bioinformatics. Abraham also says he is a big New York Yankees fan. He will be pursuing a degree in Physics/Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.

Melissa Marquez - New York, NY                     
Melissa was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the Financial and Scholastic Training Track Program, the National Art Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society at Aquinas High School.  She was also a member of the Ambassadors Club and the Sigma Simon Program at the Hall of Science. Melissa has won a variety of awards including the Business Computer Applications Academic Excellence Award and the Comptroller of the City of New York Achievement Award. This fall, she will major in Engineering at State University of New York at Binghamton University.

Manisha Sanghvi - Staten Island, NY
Valedictorian of her class at Curtis High School, Manisha was an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate as well as the Advanced Regents with Honors Diploma Candidate.  She was Secretary of the March of Dimes Club, Treasurer of the Kiwanis International High School Program Club and participated in the Golf and Tennis teams. Manisha has won numerous other academic awards as well as awards as a pianist as part of the National Federation of Music Clubs & National Guild of Piano Teachers. This fall, Manisha plans to attend Northeastern University to study Physical Therapy.

Cassandra Vondrak - Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
While at Cornwall Central High School, Cassandra was Valedictorian of her class as Captain and MVP of the Varsity Swim Team. She has participated in the Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon and the West Point Sprint Triathlon. She is a member of the National Honors Society and the Quiz Bowl team. Cassandra has received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, was an AP Scholar, is a Commended National Merit Scholar and was a participant of the John Hopkin’s Center for Talented Youth Summer Program. She will be attending Swarthmore College and major in Biology.

About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.  Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.  Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable.  More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at, and

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