Introducing our 2017 Esperanza Scholars!

Meet our 2017 scholars! We are so proud and humbled to announce our 2017 scholars! Of the almost 700 applications we reviewed, our nine new Esperanza scholars share a pride in their immigrant heritage, a commitment to giving back to their communities and, of course, unbelievable smarts and drive. We are so excited to award a total of $100,000 to these … Continued

Around the World: A Wine Tasting for Esperanza

On Giving Tuesday, Esperanza hosted an Around the World wine tasting. Not only did we have an amazing time and drink fabulous wines, we also raised over $1,000 to fund a local immigrant scholar’s education. You can check out more photos of the event on our Facebook page. Thanks to our friends at Grand Cata DC for hosting such … Continued

Career Day 2013: A Resounding Success!

“I’m so glad I came!” That’s how one scholar summed up her experience at the end of Career Day, Esperanza’s annual professional development event for scholarship recipients. This year the day-long event was held at the law offices of Covington & Burling in downtown Washington, DC—with a bonus rooftop terrace and an amazing view of … Continued

Third Annual Winter Benefit at the Carnegie Institution with Sophie Shao and Delna Dastur

On the evening of Thursday, December 8, a capacity audience of Esperanza supporters, scholars and guests filled the ballroom of the Carnegie Institution of Washington for Esperanza’s Third Annual Benefit Concert featuring Taiwanese-American master cellist Sophie Shao and award-winning Indian-American artist Delna Dastur. Framed by two large-format charcoal and pastel flowers drawn by Ms. Dastur, … Continued

Grisha and Teresa Oaxaca at the Carnegie

Yesterday, flamenco guitarist Grigory “Grisha” Goryachev and classical oil prodigy Teresa Oaxaca stunned a sold-out audience of Esperanza’s supporters and guests at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Grigory began an almost all-flamenco program with Con Garbo y Salero – Farruco by Sabicas and closed the evening with an encore of the precious Recuerdos de la … Continued

Second Annual Community Picnic

We just got back from our Second Annual Community Picnic at Fort Hunt Park in Arlington.  It was so great to see our scholars, their families, and our dedicated supporters all in one place.  We had almost all of our 20 scholars in attendance, and the energy and diversity of the group was pretty great. … Continued

Dinner at the Peruvian Embassy

Last night Cecilia Valdivieso and the Valdivieso family hosted a private dinner for our supporters at the residence of the Peruvian Embassy. The menu (oh, the menu): Cebiche Ancorage, Ají de Gallina, Suspiro de Limeña.  We cannot be more grateful to Ms. Valdivieso and Ambassador Valdivieso for opening their home to us–no one dined better, or had a … Continued

Career Day for Esperanza Scholars

On Saturday, March 13, the inaugural class of Esperanza Scholars and their mentors met for their first intensive Career Day in the District of Columbia.  Scholars had one-on-one lunches with their mentors, and then attended a two-and-a-half hour career advising meeting with Mr. Clifton Coates, Director of the University of the District of Columbia’s Career & Professional Development Center.  Scholars discussed career plans, summer … Continued