2016 Scholarship Recipients

Maria Garibay Campos

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Senior, Graduating in December 2016

Social Accounting Major

Spanish Interpreter at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Goal: “Ultimately, I would like to become thoroughly financially aware so that I can help underrepresented communities. With a focus on social accounting, I would be able to help the underserved gain more resources and spread financial awareness.”

Linda Medina

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Junior, Human Services, Mental Health Counseling

Goal: “I want to get a master’s degree in social work and work with children and families. Growing up in an immigrant family, we had a lot of support from the community. Now that I have the opportunity to get a higher education, I would love to help our Latino and immigrant communities.”

Angelica Prisciliano

Community College of Denver

Sophomore, Political Science Major

Graduating this year with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies

Goal: “My goal is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in policy making and law at CU Denver. Through law, I want to have a positive impact on my community.”

Leticia Quinones

Chamberlin University

Masters, (FNP) Family Nurse Practitioner

Post-Partum Pediatric Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at North Colorado Medical Center

Goal: “I would like to work with our Spanish-speaking population in a rural clinic. It stems from being first generation and seeing the lack of communication and resources for Spanish-speaking families. If we do not serve our underserved communities, we are missing out on a huge population and missing out bettering our communities.”

Yosselin Vidaña Rodriguez

Current: Senior, Adams City High School

Adams City High School Varsity Soccer, Commerce City Youth Commission, National Honor Society, Spartans Football Club Under 18-Coach, Future Business Leaders of America, VOIHCE, Interact, No Place for Hate

Fall 2016: University of Denver

Intended Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management; Sports Management

Goal: “Leave a little spark everywhere you go. A couple of months ago, I was admitted to the University of Denver. Attending DU is a very important step in my life, because this is where a new chapter of my life is about to start. Earning a college degree is not just about becoming a certified professional, but it implies all of my parent’s hard work, sweat and sacrifices. I know that I will never be able to pay back all the great things that my parents have done for me, but I surely know that I can demonstrate to them, that all the sacrifices they made were worthwhile. Being involved in the business industry, helping people to the best of my ability, and traveling the world is what I see as my professional goal.”

Past Scholarship Recipients

Jasmine Murillo-Roldan, Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald Scholarship Recipient 2015

Adams City High School, Senior
Senior Class Secretary in Student Council & Varsity Volleyba
Will attend CSU in the fall and wants to major in Civil Engineering or Ethnics Studies.
What is your career goal?
“I would like to help society, help people learn about their cultures and get my Ph.D.”

Eveline Vega Scholarship Awardee 2015

Colorado State University, Freshman Biological Science, Ecology Concentration
What words do you live by?
“If you want something, you just have to go for it! It’s easy to put restraints on our own selves. If we start to see ourselves as less then someone else, then we’re already falling behind. I don’t think a paper can define who we are.”

Susana de la Torre Scholarship Awardee 2015

University of Northern Colorado, Senior
Elementary Education, ESL Concentration, Bilingual and Bicultural endorsements
What is your career goal?

“I have wanted to be an educator since 5th grade when I moved to the U.S. and a teacher went above and beyond for me. I want to empower my future students and remind them that whatever it is they want to do, it’s totally possible and there are a lot of people to help along the way.”

Alma Hinojosa Scholarship Awardee 2015

University of Colorado Boulder, Freshman
English Major and Education Minor
What kind of Latina leader do you hope to be?
“I hope to be a leader who younger generations can reach out to. I want to be a mentor for students and help them reach their dreams.”

Sharon Martinez Scholarship Awardee 2015

Metro State University, Sophomore
Political Science Major and Spanish Minor
What motivates you?
“My mom’s dream was to graduate from College. Due to unfortunate circumstances she was unable to achieve her dream and I have taken it upon myself to finish it for her.”

Teresa Amaya Scholarship Awardee 2014

“From experience, it is necessary to instill the importance of education to our youth, I make sure to do this for my children. No matter where you come from, education is the key to avoid major roadblocks. The Latinas First scholarship helped me further my education.”
“The Latinas First scholarship has given me the opportunity to afford my tuition as well as relieve me of financial stress. Now, instead of worrying about college debt, I can focus on giving back to the community and my family.”

Alejandra Cardona Scholarship Awardee 2014

“It is really nice to see through the Latinas First Foundation, that Latinas can hold leadership positions. I expect to lead one day too.”
“As a first generation student, I always wanted to go to college, but because of financial reasons, I didn’t think that college was a possibility. A miracle happened, and by receiving financial assistance I knew that my dreams could come true.”

Luisa Mandujano Scholarship Awardee 2014

“I am honored and proud have this opportunity. I can’t thank the Latinas First Foundation enough!”

 Natalie Sanchez Scholarship Awardee 2013

Dulce Herrera Scholarship Awardee 2012

“The financial aspect of college while being undocumented is scary. I didn’t know how I was going to make it. The Latinas First scholarship helped me reach for my dreams, and now I am living them as a first grade teacher.”
The Latinas First Foundation showed me that there are women of color who look like me, that have made it and are willing to help.”
“My advice to other young Latinas is to beat the stereotypes, always believe in yourself, remember your values and look straight ahead. If you keep your head held high, you will always achieve your goals no matter how far away they seem.”

“As a Latinas First Scholarship recipient, I can’t wait to keep inspiring others like Latinas First has inspired me. I am thankful and humbled beyond words to have been recognized by a group such as this.”