Julia Fuma, Co-Chair of Scholarship Committee, joined Esperanza in 2010 as a scholarship application reader. She initially committed to reading 25 applications but loved reading the applicants’ immigrant stories so much that she doubled the number of applications she read that first year, interviewed applicants, and then stuck around until she became scholarship co-chair.
Julia is an attorney who graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and received her law degree from New York University School of Law. Her parents are immigrants from Romania and she currently resides in the District of Columbia.
When I read our applications, I am inspired not just by our scholars, but the dedication of mentors—teachers, counselors, community members—who play important roles in encouraging and supporting students who may have fewer resources throughout high school. I am pleased to be part of an organization that provides that same mentorship and support for students in their college years.