Scholarships 2014

Cadima, Emily

SCHOOL

George Mason University (Junior)

AWARD

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

BIO

Emily has started college this fall at George Mason University and plans on graduating in the spring of 2018. She graduated with a 3.76 grade point average from George C. Marshall High School and was an active participant in her school and community with involvement in various honor societies, cultural dance groups, and numerous service activities. Although Emily is just beginning her college career, she already has a clear vision of the future. She pictures herself working for the United States Department of State or possibly for the United Nations. Emily believes that overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams is at the core of what it means to be Latino. She plans to make her mark on the world by improving and uplifting the lives of people who face hardships. She wants to prove that there are ways to overcome and be successful; despite all odds.

 

Coello, Jonathan

SCHOOL

Northern Virginia Community College – Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

AWARD

$1000 Mario Colón Rivadeneira Memorial Scholarship

BIO

Jonathan is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College where he is a part of the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program. He is studying Biology while maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.7; his goal is to transfer to George Mason University and eventually he would like to attend medical school. Hoping to become the first in his family to receive a Bachelor’s degree, Jonathan does his best to balance school with work and personal time. Having a passion for working with children, he volunteers at a local neighborhood community center where he tutors students from 1st to 12th grade as well as coaching young children as a swim instructor. Having been through many hardships in life, Jonathan seeks to be a good role model for the people he comes across and tries to instill a love of school and learning in young minds. He makes sure to take full advantage of every opportunity granted to him. He is already considered a success among his family and friends and they are all very proud of him!

 

Medrano, Wilmer

SCHOOL

Northern Virginia Community College – Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

AWARD

$500 VALHEN Scholarship

BIO

Wilmer is a freshman at Northern Virginia Community College. His passion towards helping his community motivates him to study criminal justice. In 2013, Wilmer joined Raider Readers, a club that places high school students at Baileys Elementary school to read to the young students and build a mentoring relationship. He also joined the Hispanic Honor Society that promotes Hispanic culture through school activities. For example, he volunteered as a tutor for high school freshmen in beginner level Spanish. Since his first year in the United States he has held a job to help support his family and his studies. His dedication at school, willingness to serve, and discipline at work have served him well as he joined the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Service as an Activity Facilitator. He was been actively involved with United for Social Justice (USJ), and STAR, two non-profit organizations whose missions are to enable more low-income and at-risk students to access higher education.

 

Quiróz, Ingrid

SCHOOL

Virginia Commonwealth University

AWARD

$500 VALHEN Scholarship

BIO

A current sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ingrid was also a 2013 VALHEN Scholarship recipient. Arriving in the U.S. at age 16, she worked hard to learn English and adapt to her new home and make new friendships. During high school, she worked several part time jobs to help her family financially and save for college. Ingrid did not let any of these struggles prevent her from excelling in high school, where she was an honor student and member of both, the National Honor Society and the Mathematical Honor Society. She also stayed involved in her community by teaching Spanish at a local church and to others in her community who could not read or write in Spanish. When asked about her future goals, she said: “As a mechanical engineer, I would like to work at a rehabilitation center, designing prosthetic limbs for those individuals who unfortunately do not have their limbs anymore. I believe that everyone deserves to live a happy life, free of complications, and my goal is to make a difference in their quality of life by redesigning the current prosthetic limbs with needed improvements or invent new ones more sensitive to the nerves and stimuli.”

Reyes, Natalie

SCHOOL

Northern Virginia Community College

AWARD

$500 VALHEN Scholarship

BIO

This is Nathalie’s first year at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where she is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. While enrolled as a full-time student at NOVA, Nathalie is currently participating in the work study program on campus as well as working another job off campus. During her free time Nathalie volunteers with an organization called Our Fathers Love (OFL) as part of her church work where she helps to feed the needy. She also volunteers at her local church to assist with presentations. Her future plans include transferring to James Madison University where she plans to major in Marketing and going on to pursue a career as a marketing executive.

Trujillo-Camorlinga, Anahi

SCHOOL

Mary Baldwin College

AWARD

$1000 VALHEN CVC Campaign Scholarship

BIO

Anahi is a senior at Mary Baldwin College (MBC) where she has been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll with a current GPA of 3.78. In addition to keeping up with her academics, she is a work-study student in the Office of Information Technology and plays on the volleyball and softball teams at MBC. After earning her associate of arts degree while in high school, Anahi will graduate in May of 2015 with a Bachelor in Spanish and minors in Education and English. She is hoping to continue her education and pursue a Master’s degree in teaching. In her words: “Getting this far seemed impossible since the first day I applied to various universities, but now that I have gotten this far and decided to become a Spanish teacher, my desire is to give back to my community by enriching the young minds of my students one day. From personal experience, I know what many kids today feel when they are put into a new environment that they know nothing of, and it is my dream to be one of these great ESL teachers and be sensitive to other cultures while at the same time better understand the various situations immigrants face in school; especially the ones who are not fluent in English.”