Our scholars have traveled great distances, both literally and metaphorically. Each and every one has achieved “more with less,” overcoming challenges unique to the immigrant experience, and working tirelessly in order to achieve his or her dreams.

Scholars include not only valedictorians, campus leaders, and accomplished musicians and athletes, but also GED holders and community college students who immigrated to the United States alone, worked full-time jobs while attending high school, took care of their younger siblings after school instead of joining clubs, and managed to learn English in just a few years.

Every year, we select about 10 scholars from a pool of hundreds of applicants. Meet some of these inspiring scholars and see for yourself the impact the Esperanza Education Fund program has on their lives.

Abi (2016)

Abigail, whose parents are from the Philippines, endured poverty, hunger, and eviction throughout her childhood, and was often a...

Anastasia (2016)

Anastasia is an immigrant from Kyrgyzstan who, during high school, committed 30 hours a week to community service through...

Bryan (2016)

Bryan is an immigrant from Peru who plays the flute and the piccolo in six different community ensembles, including...

Georges: Scholar (2014)

Georges is a refugee from Cameroon whose family fled because of his father’s membership in the country’s opposition party.  While his...

Khanh: Scholar (2015)

Khanh is a Vietnamese immigrant who, in seven years in the United States, attended seven different schools.  During this period, she...

Ngozi (2016)

Ngozi fled Nigeria with her mother to escape a difficult and tumultuous home life. After starting high school anew...

Nida (2016)

Nida, whose parents are from Pakistan, speaks four different languages, despite having lost her hearing as a child. She...

Oriella (2016)

 Oriella, whose parents are immigrants from Chile and El Salvador, is an aspiring family physician who coordinates blood drives in...

Sairam: Scholar (2011)

Sairam, an immigrant from India, attended Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, where he earned an International Baccalaureate...

Suhani (2016)

 Suhani, an immigrant from Nepal, graduated third in her high school class and served as president of the biotechnology...
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