Scholarships 2013

Gutiérrez, Carla

SCHOOL

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Freshmen)

AWARD

$1000 Mario Colón Rivadeneira Memorial Scholarship

BIO

Carla started college this fall at Virginia Tech. She graduated with a 4.195 grade point average from high school and was an active participant in her school and home communities with involvement in various honor societies, choir clubs and other community service activities. Although Carla is just beginning her college career, she already has a clear vision of the future she wants for herself; as an equine veterinarian she will work a six-day week with additional “on call” emergency responsibilities as needed. Carla believes that overcoming obstacles, achieving dreams, ability to set goals, time management, being able to prioritize and taking the first step towards whatever needs to be done are at the core of what it means to be a leader. Carla’s favorite perspective about life comes from the words of Robert Frost, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” At times, when she makes mistakes, she is hard on herself, so she tries to remember these words; she refuses to live in the past; hanging on things she could have done differently. Life does go on and she wants to go on with it.

López, Griselda

SCHOOL

Northern Virginia Community College (Freshmen)

AWARD

$1000 VALHEN CVC Campaign Scholarship

BIO

Griselda López was accepted in the Dental Hygiene Program at Northern Virginia Community College in May of 2013. She is in her first semester and the competition ratio was approximately 4:1, from 132 students who applied this year only 32 were accepted. Griselda is very proud of this accomplishment as well as being the second one in her family to receive a college degree. Quoting a paragraph from her leadership essay: “Sometimes you must step forward and step up to the plate and become a team leader in order to keep the team moving forward. In 2011 I had to make a big decision to move forward and continue my education. I quit my job that I loved and had perfected so that I could focus on my studies.” Besides studying and being a mother of three, she still makes time to give back to the community by volunteering with Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile, both of which help low income families like the one that she comes from.

Luna, Valery

SCHOOL

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Sophomore)

AWARD

$1000 VALHEN Scholarship

BIO

While in high school, Valery was elected as a Class Board officer for freshman, sophomore and junior years and in her senior year accepted on the Student Government Board. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and recipient of the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement, AP Scholar Award and Civic Seal. Moreover, she was chosen in 2012 as a Valedictorian of Centreville High School with a GPA of 4.2. Valery is now in her third semester at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University pursuing a degree in Human Development, with the desire to use it to impact those in her community. With this degree she plans to attend graduate school where she will pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. Outside of class, Valery continues her campus involvement in extra-curricular activities with a commitment to community organizations. She is actively involved with Campus Crusaders, a campus ministry, Hokie Ambassadors, Teach for America, is a Relay for Life captain, and is an employee of the Virginia Tech Child Development Center for Learning and Research.

 

Montano, Jesica

SCHOOL

Northern Virginia Community College (Sophomore)

AWARD

$500 VALHEN Scholarship

BIO

Jesica is beginning her second year at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where she is a participant in the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program. Jesica has maintained a 3.5 GPA while enrolled at NOVA and also working a part-time job. Her outstanding academic performance has even landed her on the Presidential Scholars list last spring. In addition to keeping up with her academics and working, Jesica also makes time to volunteer with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Her desire to give back to her community stemmed from her own family’s financial troubles and the realization that many others in her community were also struggling and she could do something to help. Currently Jesica is studying Business Administration and plans to transfer to George Mason University to major in Accounting.

 

Quiróz, Ingrid

SCHOOL

Virginia Commonwealth University (Freshmen)

AWARD

$500 Liberty Tax | Una Familia Sin Fronteras Scholarship

BIO

Ingrid Quiróz is starting her college career at Virginia Commonwealth University after completing high school with a 3.6 GPA. After arriving in the United States at age 16, Ingrid worked hard to overcome the language barrier and adapt to her new home. She worked several part time jobs throughout high school to help her family and to save money for college. Ingrid did not let any of these struggles prevent her from staying involved in her community. She has exemplified this through her commitment by teaching Spanish to members of a local church as well as to those in her community who could not read or write in Spanish. Ingrid plans to study Biomedical Engineering so she can contribute to creating more efficient prosthetics to help those in need.

Rivero, Andrea

SCHOOL

Northern Virginia Community College (Freshmen)

AWARD

$500 Liberty Tax | Una Familia Sin Fronteras Scholarship

BIO

Andrea is beginning her college career at Northern Virginia Community College after completing high school with a 3.2 GPA. While in high school, Andrea was an active participant in the Key Club and Spanish Honor Society as well as an athlete for the school’s volleyball team. She honed her leadership skills as a member of the leadership team where they served the community by doing fundraisers to help children in need. Andrea was also actively involved in coaching volleyball for the Springfield Youth Club (SYC) which has taught her valuable qualities that exemplify leadership: integrity, vision, and authenticity that she strives to incorporate into her own leadership abilities.

Vineuza, Santiago

SCHOOL

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Sophomore)

AWARD

$500 Liberty Tax | Una Familia Sin Fronteras Scholarship

BIO

Santiago is currently a sophomore at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College where he has been on the President’s Honor Roll with a 4.0 for the two semesters that he has been attending. In addition to keeping up with his academics, Santiago works a full time job to help pay for his college tuition and expenses. He hasn’t let that stop him from being involved in his community both at his high school and in the community at large. While he was in high school, Santiago was the president of both the Spanish National Honor Society and the Math Honor Society, was the captain of the varsity soccer team in his senior year and even co-founded a club called LAPS (Latino Association for Personal Success). The mission of the club was to encourage fellow Latino students to see college as a possibility and work to realize that goal. He plans to study civil engineering and would like to eventually work designing sustainable infrastructures.