Introducing the 2015 Esperanza Scholars!

After reviewing a record 502 applications and interviewing 29 finalists, we are thrilled to announce this year’s seven Esperanza Scholars! Thanks to our Board of Advisors, our corporate and institutional sponsors, and contributors like YOU, our 2015 scholars will receive a total of $80,000 in college scholarships. Our scholars hail from six different countries – from Vietnam to Cameroon to El Salvador – and include salutatorians, captains of varsity sports teams, and dedicated community servants. They have overcome so much to be where they are today. 

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Here are their stories:

  • Portuguese immigrant who worked throughout high school as well as served as student council president and won the state of Virginia DECA competition.  In her senior year, she had mono for several months, but maintained a 4.0 GPA, remained a member of the varsity volleyball team, and worked at a winery and at the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development.  She plans to study economics at the University of Virginia.
  • A refugee from Cameroon whose family fled because of his father’s membership in the country’s opposition party.  While his father was in a conference in the United States, his mother was stabbed.  In less than two years in the United States, he has taken several AP classes, including AP Literature, and became captain of his of his high school tennis team.  He plans to study actuarial science at Temple University.
  • An immigrant from El Salvador who when she lost her sister at age 12, helped take care of her younger brother and stabilize her family.  In middle school, she was the only girl to join the school mathematics team.  In high school, she was salutatorian of her class, took three college classes, and led her team to nationals on National History Day twice.   This Fred Wang Memorial Scholar plans to major in mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia.
  • An Indian immigrant who was the president of her school’s Mock Trial team, winning multiple awards for her performance as an attorney and a witness in the CLREP program at the state level.  She is the Salutatorian and the treasurer of both the National and Spanish honor Society.  She will matriculate at theUniversity of Maryland, College Park, where she plans to major in biomedical engineering with the hopes of one day becoming a patent attorney.
  • An immigrant from El Salvador who was in the top 1% of her class, top 5% of the entire county, and participated in the prestigious Virginia French Governor’s school.   Having a deaf brother, she was determined to learn sign language and became a member of her school’s American Sign Language club.  This Campbell-Seltz Scholar will be studying at Northern Virginia Community College and aspires to become a doctor.
  • Vietnamese immigrant who in seven years in the United States attended seven different schools.  During this period, she maintained Straight As, worked part time, and became captain of the school tennis team.  She plans to study biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
  • An immigrant from Bangladesh who worked 30 hours a week during high school to save enough money to pay for the first year of college while still maintaining a 4.0 GPA at school. Committed to his Bangladeshi community, he has participated in organizing several events including a 200+ person one-day cricket tournament.  He plans to study computer science at George Mason University.

You’re Invited: 6th Annual Benefit Concert Featuring Blossom Ojukwu & Robert Raben

Esperanza is thrilled to invite you to join us on Friday, April 24th at 8pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute for our sixth annual benefit concert featuring Blossom Ojukwu, a classically trained soprano and 2014 Esperanza Scholar who was recently profiled by WAMU and has performed for President Barack Obama.

Tickets are available now, with discounted tickets available through March 23!

The evening will honor Robert Raben, president and founder of the Raben Group. Robert is a longtime leader in the immigrant community whose unique practice advises both Fortune 500 companies and the nation’s most prominent civil rights and social justice organizations. He will receive the second-ever Esperanza Award.

Purchase tickets now. We look forward to seeing you on April 24 for another amazing event!

The Esperanza Bulletin: February 2015

The Esperanza Bulletin
February 2015

You did it!

Thanks to your generous support, we met our end-of-year match challenge from the Esperanza Board of Advisors–an astounding $24,000 in new scholarship money!

 

Scholar Spotlight


Rubina, an immigrant from Nepal, is completing her freshman year at Virginia Tech where she is studying engineering and has a 3.75 GPA. She has already taken advantage of myriad opportunities at college, and she is an active member of the VEX robotics team and a voting member of the Student Engineers’ Council. She volunteers at various engineering events, including the FIRST Lego League Competition, the VEX Robotics Regional Competition, and the October Sky Festival, a rocket launching competition. She was selected to attend GE Aviation’s Female Diversity Recruitment Leadership Summit where she interviewed and was selected for their Early Identification Internship; this internship will last throughout her four years of college, including during the summers, and should open doors into full time employment after she graduates. Thanks to your support, Esperanza is supporting Rubina with a $10,000 scholarship.

Learn more about other scholars like Rubina that you support through Esperanza by clicking here.

 

Volunteering with Esperanza


Was your New Year’s resolution to become more involved in your community? Have you been looking for an opportunity to use your skills to benefit others and meet like-minded, passionate people committed to a worthy cause? Esperanza is looking for volunteers for our various committees – development, mentorship, and scholarship. You can help plan networking and fundraising events, work directly with our scholars, read new scholarship applications, help us on social media, and more. We are actively looking for volunteers for our annual Career Day on March 14th and for our annual benefit concert on April 24th.

We wouldn’t exist without an amazing group of volunteers – click here for more information!

 

The Scholarship Application is Live

Our 2015 scholarship application is now available, and hundreds of local high school seniors have already started working on it. We anticipate at least 400 completed applications, and will need readers to help us narrow the pool. Click here for more information about volunteering to read and score applications. And if you know immigrant students graduating from high school in DC, MD, or VA who plans to attend a public college or university, you can send them this link to our application.

 

Save the Date – Esperanza’s Annual Benefit Concert!

Mark your calendar for our annual benefit concert on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute. We are thrilled that for the first time ever our featured performer will be an Esperanza scholar! Keep your eyes out for more information, including when tickets go on sale.

Thanks for all you do for Esperanza! We couldn’t do it without you.

- Team Esperanza

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SUPPORT US!


An easy way to support Esperanza is to shop through Amazon Smile with Esperanza selected as your charitable organization. Simply go to smile.amazon.com, search for The Esperanza Education Fund, and then shop like you always do. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to us. Do this every time you shop on Amazon!

Or click here to donate directly.

 

JOIN US


All are welcome at the next Esperanza monthly meeting, on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 from 7:30-8:30pm. RSVP to alison.collier@esperanzafund.org.

 

2015 Scholarship Application Available

The 2015 application for the Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship is available at http://apps.esperanzafund.org.

Esperanza Receives Two New Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Esperanza recently received two new grant awards:

  • A two-year, $50,000 grant from the Philip L. Graham Fund. This award will support scholarships, mentorship programming, and operations.
  • A $15,000 grant from The Meyer Foundation to support communications. This award will be used in part to enhance the Esperanza website and online outreach and engagement tools.