R. Sanchez, Farragut Career Academy
Mr. Sanchez was born in Veracruz, Mexico and arrived to the United States at the age of two. He attended Rosario Castellanos for elementary school. He enjoys math, soccer and video games. He is part of OneGoal and the JROTC program. He is the Executive Officer for the Sound and Light Team. He has also participated in the After School Matters automotive program and has worked with Junior Achievement as a student teacher. His goal is to attend Arrupe College and become an engineer. He believes that the Dreamers Unidos Scholarship will not only help him pay for his college tuition, but it will also allow him to fulfill his dream of providing his parents with a better life and giving back to Little Village, the community that has shaped who he is today.
F. Ramirez, Farragut Career Academy
Ms. Ramirez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and arrived to the United States at the age of one. She attended Rosario Castellanos for elementary school. She enjoys art, dancing and listening to music. She is part of OneGoal and the JROTC program. She is a staff member of Patton Academy and is the Logistics Officer. She has also participated in After School Matters programs in Latin dance, lifeguarding and Sports 37, and has worked with Junior Achievement as a student teacher. Her goal is to attend Arrupe College and become a Spanish teacher.
R. Bautista, Multicultural Academy of Scholarship, Little Village Lawndale High School
Mr. Bautista arrived in the United States at the age of four. Ever since he was a kid, he liked to sketch and watch his creations come to life. During his first two years of high school, he was part of the Student Committee, and then he joined programs focused on theater, soccer and track. He is interested in pursuing a career in civil engineering or computer science. He hopes to attend Arrupe College this fall and, after completing two years, transfer to Loyola University. He believes the Dreamers Unidos Scholarship will help him achieve his dream of entering college, as it will help pay for his expensive textbooks. He explained that, “College was always the #1 rule in my house. I was told by my parents that, even though I'm undocumented, I could still go to college.”
T. Estrada, Infinity Math Science and Technology High School, Little Village Lawndale High School
Ms. Estrada is an undocumented student who came from Michoacan to the United States at the age of one. She grew up in a family of six, including her beloved mother. She and her siblings grew up without knowing how it felt to have a dad, but her mom worked hard to raise them on her own. It has been hard for her to accomplish her dream of majoring in mechanical engineering, but the Dreamers Unidos Scholarship will increase her opportunities. Her family is very proud of how far she has come and is anticipating her future accomplishments. She is part of the Engineering Club, and participates in soccer and basketball. She said, “This is a big chance for me and I will do anything it takes to make my family proud and never give up on the pathway that I want. This is not the end, it’s the beginning.”