Rebecca Cunnaro and company
(© courtesy of the company)
Rebecca Cunnaro and company
(© courtesy of the company)
In the Heights, in partnership with Clear Channel NY, awarded the first "Graduate to New Heights Scholarship" to Rebecca Cunarro of Stockholm, New Jersey at the July 29 performance of the hit Broadway musical. Cunarro will receive $17,177.44 to continue her studies at Rutgers University.

Last September nominations were accepted for deserving students. The nominees were given to a panel that anonymously judged entries based on sincerity, need and an honestly persuasive story. To fund the scholarship, five once-in-a-lifetime prize packages were auctioned on the radio stations 106.7 Lite fm, 103.5 KTU, Power 105.1, Q104.3 and Z100.

When Cunarro's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she put her college plans on hold to care for her mother. Cunarro attended a local community college to be near her mother and faced academic struggles while working thre jobs and caring for her mother. Cunarro's incredible determination and perseverance landed her a spot on the Dean's List and she transferred to Rutgers University where she just finished her first year.