Our scholars thank you for your support

As we celebrate the season and give thanks for everything we have, Esperanza asked our scholars what your support has meant to them and their education. Below are some of the things they wanted to tell you.

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Hilina

2012 Esperanza Scholar; Northern Virginia Community College

“Esperanza helps those students who cannot find financial help from other sources.”

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Esperanza Education Fund was truly a great help in my first two years of college. The fund paid for my tuition when my family and I did not have any resources to pay and enroll me in college after high school. I was a recent immigrant then, and I was going to take a job instead of attending college, although I had graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA. Because of Esperanza I was able to attend and graduate from community college. Now I have transferred to University of Southern California where I study Industrial and Systems Engineering. Great career opportunities and graduate studies are within my reach now. The mentorship program has also helped me open my eyes to life and professionalism in the United States.

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Joselyn

2011 Esperanza Scholar; Virginia Tech

“That someone believes in you does not have a price. Thanks Esperanza for believing in me!”

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I am currently a senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Green Engineering and Business. My 3.74 GPA and coursework helped me get summer internships at Goldman Sachs in 2014 and IBM in 2013. I am an honors student and a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

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Santiago

2012 Esperanza Scholar; J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Esperanza gave me hope, it breathed life into a fading dream that will soon be accomplished.

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I graduated from Reynolds Community College this past May with my Associates of Science in Engineering. I kept a 4.0 the two years I was there. This fall I transferred to Virginia Tech with a full ride scholarship and I’m currently pursuing my civil engineering degree. Two of the clubs I am more active in are the Virginia Tech Concrete Canoe Team (CC) and Virginia Tech Students Helping Honduras (SHH). For CC we are designing and building a full scale canoe made out of concrete. We will then compete in April against other schools in a race as well as a presentation of our building process and structural analysis. For SHH, we fundraise money to build schools in Honduras to help fight poverty and violence through education. Most members actually go on mission trips to Honduras to physically help build the schools. Since I can’t go, I am really active in the fundraising portion of it. Outside of school, I recently became a Student Representative to the Board of Directors for the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). This is a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for Latino success and advancement in higher education. I am currently helping with a project where we are working with Dominion Power to create a shadowing program for high school seniors.

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Sana

2011 Esperanza Scholar; Northern Virginia Community College

“I couldn’t have done this without Esperanza’s support. Esperanza made it possible for me to go to college and think about my career. I can’t thank Esperanza enough.”

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Bianca

2011 Esperanza Scholar; George Mason University

“Esperanza has provided me with an awesome mentor that has assisted me with gaining a summer 2014 internship at the Department of Commerce.”

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I started a new internship at the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Office of International Visitors. I started this internship in September and it is a 10-week internship. I have been given the opportunity to work alongside Program Officers in international exchange programs with fellows from around the world. I also have participated in the offices first ever virtual exchange program in Iceland. For this program, I have scripted and acted in short clips in places like the Smithsonian Institution Natural History Museum. I have also gotten to meet fellows from Japan in an International Visitor Leadership Program called International Education and Student Advising.

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Turayo

2011 Esperanza Scholar; Prince George’s Community College

“Support from Esperanza fueled my academic career. It pushed me to dream and succeed.”

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I had little to no means of paying for school. My parents could not afford it, and I had some money from private scholarships and working as a tutor, but that would only have covered a 3 credit class at most at an international student rate. I don’t think I would have been able to attend community college, much less graduate. Thanks to Esperanza, I got an opportunity to be a student. I still had to work but definitely not as much as I would have without that hope. Esperanza was truly the hope that kept me going. It gave me something to look forward to at the end of the semester: with a full-time course load I would have some money to help pay for school. In addition to my lack of status, I was going through some personal issues and Esperanza lessened that tremendously. I truly would not have earned my Associate’s degree or be on my way to attain my Bachelor’s if not for Esperanza. I found the scholarship program in the unlikeliest manner, through a friend at the last minute and my professors were kind enough to send their recommendation letters hours later,  and it has opened the way for me to pursue my academic career. I am studying a field I absolutely love, and it all started with Esperanza.

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Thien Thanh

2010 Esperanza Scholar; Virginia Commonwealth University

It’s a privilege to be an Esperanza scholarship recipient, which allows me to gain valuable college experiences in the US, expands upon my love of collaborative learning and leadership, and provides me the opportunity to make my dream comes true, to become a medical student and excellent physician in the future.”

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With the support from Esperanza, I was ale to attend college at VCU. This past summer, I graduated from VCU Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, and I am currently attending MCV School of Medicine Class of 2018.

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Enji

2014 Esperanza Scholar; James Madison University

“Esperanza made it possible for me to reach my dream of getting an education and helping my community by giving me hope and opportunity. Thank you!”

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Currently at James Madison University, I am taking 17 credit hours and I am in the Honors Program. I am part of the College of Business Student Diversity Council, Rotaract Club, and I also play intramural volleyball. I am looking for a job currently for spring semester and I am planning on getting more involved. I keep in touch with my Esperanza mentor by email and we had dinner before I left for college. She is very helpful and we keep in touch. Right before school started I had an internship at the Arlington Court House as an attorney’s assistant.

To learn more about Enji and her educational journey, listen to this story from WAMU radio: “Beating the Odds: From Undocumented Newcomer to High School Valedictorian.”

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Rubi

2014 Esperanza Scholar; Virginia Tech

“Through Esperanza’s support, I am closer than ever to turning my childhood dream into reality.”

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I am currently in my first year at Virginia Tech, thanks to Esperanza’s support. I received an internship offer from GE Aviation which I will be doing over the summer!

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Johanna

2012 Esperanza Scholar; George Mason University

Esperanza has fostered my personal growth through mentoring, professional development, as well as a scholarship.”

This past summer I volunteered with a non-profit, The DREAM Project in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. I was an academic assistant in an academic summer camp with students ages 7-15. I helped with developing lesson plans for math and Spanish reading classes and I also helped lead the group stations after their lessons.  I am currently a Resident Advisor in a Freshman Hall. I have 32 residents on my hall and I am responsible for enforcing housing policy, hosting floor events, and meeting with my residents to speak about any concern that they might have.I am an educational programs intern at FACETS in Fairfax, Virginia in the Robinson Square Community Center. I teach an ESL class, help with homework help, math tutoring, and teen girls’ group.  I also volunteer with KEEN DC. I help lead basketball drills with children with disability once a month.Even with all of my extracurricular activities, I have a cumulative 3.91 GPA.

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Brian

2014 Esperanza Scholar; University of Maryland, College Park

“Esperanza has provided me with financial assistance and a mentor to confide in.”

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Nikolay

2014 Esperanza Scholar; University of Alabama

“The support from Esperanza has given me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and achieve my maximum potential.”

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Keisna

2014 Esperanza Scholar; University of the District of Columbia

“Thanks to Esperanza, I can now focus on my education and goals with no financial worries.”

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In addition to my studies, I am working for a non-profit organization called City Blossoms.  I have also had a chance to meet with my Esperanza mentor a few times, and we even volunteered at a church together this past weekend! It was wonderful! I am also volunteering for the Robotics Team at my old high school. Currently, we are working on building a robot to compete in the 2014 Vex Competition.

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