POUGKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A military veteran and a retired teacher have helped dozens of students in New York's Hudson Valley attend college through a scholarship program.

Eddie and Norma Ramirez of Poughkeepsie — the parents of two biological sons — say it feels like they have 142 kids.

Their Hudson Valley Latino Scholarship program recognizes eight to 10 students a year on average. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the family started the program in 1999 after noticing there were not many Hispanic children listed on high school honor rolls.

Money from corporate sponsors and individuals provides $500 to $1,000 scholarships. The students also get a plaque and flowers to give to their mothers.

The Ramirezes will receive the Journal's 2019 Richard K. Wager Inclusive Champion Award on Jan. 25.


Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal, http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com

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