2009: Our Inaugural Year-in-Review

Happy New Year from the Esperanza Education Fund! Thanks to your generous support, we have had an amazing first year. Below is a letter reviewing what we accomplished in 2009 and previewing what we aim to achieve in 2010.

2009 Year in Review

As you read the letter, we hope you will consider making a year-end tax-deductible contribution — and help us to award $100,000 in scholarships next year — by clicking here.

Highlights of our inaugural year include:

  • January: Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
  • March: Launched the capital region’s only college scholarship for immigrant students regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.
  • May: Awarded $50,000 in college scholarships to six promising immigrant students.
  • August: Matched our scholars with mentors from the local community.
  • October: Secured a generous grant from the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs to help start a new scholarship program for GED recipients.
  • December: Hosted a gala benefit concert at the Carnegie Institution with renowned pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe.

Best wishes for the new year,

The Esperanza Education Fund