$50,000 and Six Esperanza Scholars

After reviewing 250 applications and interviewing 30 finalists, the Esperanza Education Fund’s Scholarship Committee has selected our inaugural class of six Esperanza Scholars!  Our Esperanza Scholars live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  They are truly the cream of the crop.  Many of them have also overcome great adversity to be where they are today.  They include:

  • A math prodigy and son of farmers, ranked third in the nation for physics in his native Vietnam, who obtained perfect scores on his International Baccalaureate and SAT exams for mathematics–despite having arrived in the United States only three years ago, and despite working part-time at Popeye’s ever since.  He will study Physics at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville).
  • A budding civil rights activist, who immigrated to the United States from Guatemala four years ago, and has since founded a civil engagement program for local students, Through Our Eyes, that teaches students to address the issues of the day–war, poverty, immigration, etc.–through theatre, poetry, and art.  He will study Sociology at the University of the District of Columbia.
  • A St. Lucian student who was abandoned by his parents at a young age, and who has risen to become valedictorian and the captain of the soccer team of his inner-city Baltimore high school.  He will study engineering at Morgan State University.
  • A Bolivian student who left high school just months of shy of graduation to financially support his father, and who rose from being a dishwasher to being the manager of a local restaurant.  He will study Information Technology at Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale).
  • An Indian-American student who speaks five languages and has conducted scientific research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and George Washington University.  She will enroll in a eight-year B.S./M.D. medical school program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • A future community-health advocate, who raised her younger siblings in El Salvador while her parents worked to bring her to the United States.  She aspires to open her own community health and nutrition center, and will study Nutrition at Montgomery College.

Thanks to your generosity, they will receive a total of $50,000 in scholarships to attend public schools in the capital region–more than twice the amount we originally had hoped to award!

You will be able to meet our Esperanza Scholars at our First Annual Community Picnic this summer… details soon!