Immigrant Students Strive with The Schlanger Scholarship

Immigrant Students Strive with The Schlanger Scholarship


Being a first generation is scary and
having to overcome the new, a new language is also another barrier. In Ecuador, I was the top of the three students, and so I was scared of having
to migrate to a country where I didn’t know anything. You know, I knew that here you spoke English, and the only word I knew was chocolate because you say
it sort of the same, “chocolate” “choco-latte” I just remember the taunting idea
of leaving everything behind. My interest in law enforcement was from an early age, I
accompanied my father to a traffic violation. I’ve always been daddy’s little girl so I was going there, and being by his side and
trying to protect my dad as much as I can, I was a little girl was I going to
do, but I was scared that something would happen, and I wanted to be there with
him. But seeing the atmosphere, and all the Latinos that were there; and the
prosecutor, and everybody was speaking only English; and having someone that can explain things to you makes such a difference I want to be there for my
community. While I did have DACA by the time that I started college, I knew
that I couldn’t afford a four-year college right away. I told myself that I
was going to do it regardless, and that I was going to do it now even more for my kid. My name is Jeff Schlanger, I’m a deputy
commissioner at NYPD, and I established the Samuel and Litza Schlanger scholarship
in honor of my mother’s coming to the United States as a refugee from Austria
in 1938. She had the good fortune to find a benefactor, which allowed her to attend
college and ultimately be successful, and put me on the path to success as well.
I chose John Jay because of my interest in public service, in law enforcement, and
I thought it was a an ideal way to meld the two concepts; that of providing a
scholarship for immigrants, and yet immigrants who want to work in an area
that I have an extreme interest in. I still can’t believe my short little self,
I’m in the city I’m going to school in New York City, at John Jay, at a
criminal justice school, and I’m making it happen. My purpose of being in law
enforcement is to have more representation, we have to keep going.

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