Shorty and Elba Navarro to receive Friends of the University Award | YSU News Center

Shorty and Elba Navarro to receive Friends of the University Award | YSU News Center

Shorty and Elba Navarro to receive Friends of the University Award | YSU News Center

Shorty and Elba Navarro, leaders and generous philanthropists of the Mahoning Valley for nearly half a century, receive Youngstown State University's 2014 Friends of the University Award at a dinner June 13 at the Youngstown Country Club.

The annual Friend of the University Award recognizes the leadership and contributions to YSU and the community by a particular individual or individuals.

Elba and Shorty Navarro, who have been married for 49 years, are leaders and generous philanthropists in the Mahoning Valley. .

Flower "Shorty" Navarro, the oldest of 11 children, came to the United States with his parents from Puerto Rico when he was 14. As a student at East High School at age 16, with his father as a co-signer, I purchased a gas station on Wilson Avenue. This strong, early work ethic served him well, and today he is a leader in the automobile business. Elba graduated from South High School in Youngstown and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish, Reading and Education from YSU. She is retired from Youngstown City Schools, having taught at both Roosevelt Elementary and Chaney High School.

In 2001, the Navarros established at $ 100,000 scholarship fund to benefit Hispanic students attending YSU. They serve on the President's Leadership Council at YSU. Mr. Navarro also gifted a new facility to the OCCHA (Hispanic American Civic and Cultural Organization) in the same year. As a veteran of the Marine Corps, Mr. Navarro also contributed $ 100,000 toward the construction of the new Veterans Resource Center at YSU.

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