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Our 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Juan Mendieta Charre
Juan Mendieta
Austin
Reagan High School
Austin Community College
Juan was born to immigrant parents and came from humble beginnings. At the beginning of high-school he lost his father to cancer causing his grades to drop significantly. Juan battled back and improved his grades through his motivation to become a film director. His confidence in this dream is inspiring and he has been accepted to many Junior Colleges in Texas.
Aline Correira
Aline Correira
Boston
Brockton High School
Bridgewater State University
Aline first came to America in October 2011 without knowing English and overcame living in shelters as a youth. She taught herself English and overcame hardship by focusing on school and her career goals. She applied for an internship as a medical interpreter at a local hospital and thrived. She applied to our scholarship without support from anyone and plans on becoming a doctor and will attend Bridgewater State University.

Diana Rivera
Diana Rivera
Denver
Jefferson High School
Community College of Denver
Diana moved from Mexico at age 15 to escape drug cartel dangers and had to learn English while starting high school. Despite this she still managed to maintain a respectable GPA. She is highly involved in the community, including serving the homeless through her church. She is planning to pursue nursing and will likely start school at Community College of Denver (CCD) and transfer to Metropolitan State University.
Michelle Diaz
Michelle Diaz
Los Angeles
Manual Arts High School
University of California, Riverside
Growing up in a single parent household, Michelle frequently took responsibility for taking care of her two sisters. The stress of family life took its toll on Michelle’s studies, but she eventually turned things around with support from a math teacher. She won election to Student Body President and champions issues such as SAT prep for disadvantaged students.  She plans to attend University of California Riverside.

Amada Diaz
Amada Diaz
Portland
David Douglas High School
Portland State University
Amada is the youngest of four and before she started school she dealt with the incarceration of her father.  She was able to turn this adversity around and it’s the help of counseling that helped Amada and inspired her to pursue Psychology and eventually masters in Counseling.  Amada is determined to go to college and is currently working 4 days a week to help with expenses.
Noorhan Albayati
Noorhan Albayati
San Diego
Crawford High School
University of California, Irvine
Noorhan embodies the very essence of an Education First Scholar. Having arrived to this country a few years ago from Iraq, she exemplified characteristics of tremendous grit, unwavering determination throughout her journey, and a strong sense of community activism. We are proud to say she will attend University of California – Irvine with hopes of becoming a Dentist.

Dimpal Alvarez
Dimpal Alvarez
Seattle
Chief Sealth High School
Washington State University
Dimpal is a resilient and caring young woman.  At home, she takes care of her two younger siblings. Her future plans involve ideally returning to the community where she grew up and becoming a music teacher.  Her teachers and mentors have been crucial to her success and Dimpal hopes to one day become such mentor.  In the fall, Dimpal is planning on attending the University of Washington.
Silvia Mejia Paz
Silvia Mejia Paz
San Francisco
Mission High School
San Francisco State University
Silvia grew up in a small Guatemalan village and at the age of 8 she convinced her parents to allow her to stop working to learn Spanish and at 14 she became a substitute nurse in her village. She moved to the U.S. at age 18 and while juggling two jobs she has remained focused on her studies. She’ll attend San Francisco State University this fall where she plans to study Biology.

2016 Honorable Mention Award Scholarships

Diana Hurtado
Austin
Travis High School
University of Texas at Austin
Caina Damestoir
Boston
Brockton High School
Massasoit Community College
Tariaynna Johnson
Denver
North Senior High School
Community College of Denver
Paul Calderon
Los Angeles
Manual Arts High School
Los Angeles City College
Hibo Abtidon
Portland
David Douglas High School
University of Oregon
Elainey Fetene
San Diego
Morse High School
San Diego State University
Roxette Isidro
San Francisco
Mission High School
Sonoma State University
Vicki Dang
Seattle
Cleveland High School
Bellevue College

Past Scholars —
Where Are They Now?

Thank you for the support you provided me during my time at California State University, Los Angeles, and for helping me to become the first one in my family to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I got hired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power a few weeks after finishing with school. My achievements were possible by your help and support. Thank you so much.

~ Jairo Guerrido, 2010 Winner
(Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles)

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