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: Scholar (2016)

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

Cesar: Scholar (2013)

Cesar is a recent immigrant from El Salvador who won second place in a countywide competition for his public service announcement...

Georges: Scholar (2015)

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

Joana: Scholar (2015)

Joana is a  Portuguese immigrant who worked throughout high school as well as served as student council president and won the...

Katya: Scholar (2013)

Katya is a Russian immigrant who earned straight A’s in her high school’s International Baccalaureate program, studied neutron stars and...

Khanh: Scholar (2015)

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

Sairam: Scholar (2010)

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

Shweta: Scholar (2015)

Shweta is an Indian immigrant who was the president of her school’s Mock Trial team, winning multiple awards for her performance as...
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