Our Stories: Estefania, Scholar (2012)

Estefania is a young woman who grew up amid political violence in Colombia and came to the United States three years ago to join her mother, only to lose her mother to cancer a year later. Inspired by her mother’s work as a labor organizer, she plans to study political science at the University of Maryland and pursue a career in international human rights.

Update: Estefania is enrolled at Harvard Law School, where she has served as an editor of “Lessons from Bankruptcy Reform in the Private Student Loan Market,” become a mediator for the Harvard Mediation Program, and become a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (one of the three honors organizations at HLS, and
the only clinic fully led by students).

I am truly grateful to the Esperanza Education Fund for giving me the confidence and economic support I needed in college to be able to make it this far.