Scholarships 2011

Espinoza, Ada Carolina

SCHOOL

George Mason University (Junior)

AWARD

$500 The Liberty Tax Service “Una Familia Sin Fronteras” Scholarship

BIO

Ada Carolina Espinoza is a junior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in Governance and Diplomacy and minoring in Economics. Ultimately her goal is to work for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State or the United Nations. When Ms. Espinoza came to the United States from Peru six years ago, she spoke little English. Less than a year later, she had learned the language, which she proudly admits is one of her greatest achievements. In the essay she submitted with her application as well as in her interview, Ms. Espinoza expressed the role that work ethic plays in achieving success. She describes Latinos as hard workers with dreams of success equal to those of the colonists who came to America. In her own words, “we fight for our dreams, goals and desires and we manage to accomplish them, because Latinos are people who never give up.

Gomez, Raymundo

SCHOOL

Thomas Nelson Community College (Freshmen)

AWARD

$500 The Liberty Tax Service “Una Familia Sin Fronteras” Scholarship

BIO

Raymundo Gomez is a college freshman enrolled in the Thomas Nelson Community College 2X2 program, which allows students to transfer to any college within the Tidewater Consortium if they meet the required GPA. Mr. Gomez attained a 3.7 GPA in the first year Honors Program and has been accepted into Old Dominion University for the Summer 2011 semester. He plans to major in English and ultimately wants to become a teacher. As a believer that community service has been a road to his own redemption, Mr. Gomez has logged over 500 hours of volunteer work with the Special Olympics. He feels he has gained just as much from his commitment to the Special Olympics as they have benefitted from his involvement. Faced with challenges and adversity at home when he was in the ninth grade, Mr. Gomez says he lost hope and resigned himself to being a high school dropout. He credits a high school teacher for rescuing him from certain failure when she recognized his potential. In part his desire to teach in a public school is motivated by his wish to give back to the community that has supported and encouraged him. In his own words, “I want to become the kind of man who is improved by adversity, not one who is limited by it.

Jaimes, Milena

SCHOOL

College of William and Mary (Junior)

AWARD

$1000 The VALHEN Latino Scholars Award

BIO

Transfer student from Richard Bland College GPA 4.0 at Richard Bland; Spring ’11 is her first semester at W&M. Milena Jaimes transferred to the College of William and Mary after earning an Associate of Science degree from Richard Bland College with a 4.0 average. She is pursuing a major in Kinesiology & Health Sciences. Her long-term goal is to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her interest in this field comes from a wish to challenge herself intellectually as well as a desire to help others lead lives with little or no physical limitations.

Perez, Carolina

SCHOOL

Virginia Commonwealth University (Freshmen)

AWARD

$1000 The VALHEN Mario Colon Rivadeneira Memorial Scholarship

BIO

Carolina Perez, a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Biology with a concentration in pre-medicine, entered college in the fall with thirtysix earned credits thanks to her scores on Advanced Placement exams. After graduating from VCU, she has aspirations of attending medical school and is considering becoming a primary care physician or internist “to reach out to as many patients from various backgrounds and walks of life as possible.” Ms. Perez’s extracurricular activities include volunteering at the emergency room of a hospital, helping to lead a Rosary Prayer group at the Catholic Campus Ministry; and acting as the newsletter chair for the Brandt Hall Council in her residence hall at VCU. Of Mexican ancestry, Ms. Perez is cognizant of the importance of family. She is thankful for the values her parents instilled in her and for the sacrifices they made to ensure that she and her brothers have better opportunities. As a first generation college student, she is motivated not only to strive for her goals, but also to be a positive role model for other young women.

Villalta, Ever

SCHOOL

George Mason University (Sophomore)

AWARD

$500 The Liberty Tax Service “Una Familia Sin Fronteras” Scholarship

BIO

Ever Villalta is a sophomore at George Mason University with a major in Government and International Politics and a minor in intelligence analysis. His career goal is be involved in intelligence analysis that shapes strategies in foreign policy and provides intelligence necessary to maintain the United States’ national security. He believes that a career with the government would allow him to serve a nation that has provided him and his family with so much. He would consider working for the United States Department of State or the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Villalta is actively involved with student government at George Mason University. He is a member of the Elections & Disputes Commission of George Mason University; a member of the George Mason College Democrats; a GMU Student Government Parking Appeals Board member and a GMU Mason Crew. Mr. Villalta expressed that he derives inspiration from his parents, who sacrificed themselves so their children could succeed. I’ve witnessed firsthand from my parents that hard work can go a long way and I am grateful for what I have. For that I seek to continuously capitalize on opportunities and set high goals.