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Latinas First Foundation to award 12 scholarships at annual luncheon
Photo courtesy: Latinas First Foundation

By Latinas First Foundation

On May 4, the Latinas First Foundation will award twelve scholarships to Latinas pursuing degrees in health sciences, education, pre-medicine, biology, biochemistry, political science and sociology.

“We are thrilled this year to partner with our wonderful donors and sponsors, including Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald, Cindy and Federico Pena, Pat Cortez and Breakthru Beverage, to award 12 scholarships. We founded this organization to increase educational opportunities and to give these women some help as they continue to achieve great things,” said Juanita Chacon, Co-Founder of the Latinas First Foundation.

The Latinas First Foundation was created to provide a critical network and support for Latinas to reach their highest potential through non-traditional scholarships. It is a unique organization that not only recognizes what Latina leaders have accomplished, but also builds a community for other women to thrive. The Foundation has awarded over 40 non-traditional scholarships to Latina students over the past five years.

The 2018 scholarship recipients are:

Yesica Chavez – Ms. Chavez attends the University of Colorado at Denver and is majoring in biology. Her goal is to attend medical school.

Erica Gallegos – Ms. Gallegos attends Colorado Christian University and is pursuing a degree in Health Sciences. She will attend graduate school to pursue an occupational therapy degree.

Joselyne Garcia-Moreno - Ms. Garcia-Moreno is a senior at Lincoln High School and plans to study Math and Education. Her dream is to be a high school math teacher.

Genavee Gonzales – Ms. Gonzales is a senior at Adams City and will pursue a career helping children either in medicine or sociology.

Elizabeth Gutierrez-Gutierrez – Ms. Gutierrez is a senior at South High School and has plans to either pursue a career in STEM or become an attorney.

Clara Magallanes – Ms. Magallanes is a senior at Lincoln High School. She will major in biochemistry in college with the goal to become an emergency medicine doctor.

Esperanza Medina-Andrade – Ms. Medina-Andrade is a senior at North High School. She plans to major in sociology and would like to become an FBI agent.

Evelin Mojica – Ms. Mojica is a senior at Holy Family High School and will study veterinary medicine at Colorado State University.

Diana Rios-Martinez – Ms. Rios-Martinez attends Colorado State University Pueblo. She is majoring in political science and Spanish. After she graduates he would like to be an immigration service officer.

Elide Rojo-Gutierrez – Ms. Rojo-Gutierrez is a senior at Colorado Academy. She will pursue a degree in biology and wants to work in the medical field after college.

Sierra Romero – Ms. Romero is a senior at the Denver Center for International Studies and will study international relations in college. Her goal is to be an ambassador and eventually open a non-profit.

Arianna Sanchez-Aguilar – Ms. Sanchez-Aguilar is a senior at Respect Academy and will study business administration management in college. Her goal is to become an animator or artist.

“It is an honor for the Foundation to have so many outstanding recipients who are truly looking to make a change in the world. The Latinas First Foundation was created to empower young women to become leader and influencers in their community – and these scholarships are a first step to inspiring their future accomplishments. These women are dedicated and passionate about their education and the changes they are looking to make in the world. They are driven, motivated, and incredibly deserving of these awards as they represent everything Latinas First stands for. We are excited to be a part of their journey,” co-founder Meshach Rhoades added.

The Latinas First Foundation will also honor five Latina trailblazers (Dr. Patricia Baca, Belen DeLeon, Maria Garcia Berry, Carmen Morales and Sandi Mays) and three unsung heroines (Dusti Gurule, Marcela de la Mar and Michelle McDaniel) at its luncheon on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Sewell Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1350 Arapahoe St.

Use the following link to register for the event:





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