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Meet Our Scholars

Esperanza 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.

Some of our scholars have immigrated to the United States alone, worked full-time jobs while attending high school, taken care of their younger siblings after school instead of joining clubs, and managed to learn English in just a few years.

Learn more about our scholars, including valedictorians, campus leaders,  accomplished musicians and athletes, GED holders, and more.

Esperanza Scholar Cohort 2023

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Afghanistan

University of Maryland

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El Salvador

Anne Arundel Community College

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Guatemala

Anne Arundel Community College

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USA

Towson University

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Syria

University of Virginia

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El Salvador

University of Maryland, Baltimore

QUOTES FROM ALUMNI

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Bryan, '16 Scholar Alum
Software Engineer
Peru

Esperanza Career Days helped me land my first internship, which led to my second internship and my first full-time job. Esperanza's Career Days set the foundation for the rest of my professional career.

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Turayo, '11 Scholar Alum
Actuary
Nigeria

I was so grateful for the financial support and flexibility Esperanza afforded me, and it was also very helpful to have a mentor checking in on a professional capacity.

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Suhani, '16 Scholar Alum
Software Developer
Nepal 

As immigrants, we don't necessarily have roots in this country or may not have someone with a career in our field to look up to, but Esperanza made me feel like I had someone I could rely on.

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Mongolia

Virginia Tech

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Brazil

Florida International Unversity

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Pakistan

George Mason University

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Colombia

University of Maryland

Sudan

University of Virginia

Haiti

Montgomery College- Takoma Park

Honduras

Northern Virginia Community College

Philippines

The College of William and Mary

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Colombia

Piedmont Community College

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Honduras 

Montgomery Community College

Esperanza Scholar Cohort 2022

Esperanza Scholar Cohort 2021

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El Salvador

George Mason University

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Honduras

Montgomery College

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China

University of Maryland, College Park

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China

University of Virginia

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El Salvador

Hagerstown Community College

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Nicaragua & Guatemala

University of Maryland, College Park

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Nigeria

Bowie State University

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China

Virginia Tech

Esperanza Scholar Cohort 2020

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China

Northern Virginia Community College

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El Salvador

University of Maryland, College Park

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Nigeria

Anne Arundel

Community College

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China

University of Maryland, College Park

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Mexico

William & Mary College

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Ghana

University of Virginia

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Honduras

Montgomery College

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Mexico

Frederick Community College

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