Latino Scholarship Fund

History

In the early 1990’s a group of low income entrepreneurs had the dream of starting a program that would offer higher education opportunities to low income Latino students who might also face legal challenges that prevent them from accessing financial aid. For many years, Latino leaders from different fields of community development continued to work on towards this vision. Thanks to their hard work, the Latino Economic Development Center and its membership were able to create the Latino Scholarship Fund (LSF). In 2006, LSF awarded its first two scholarships.

2017 Application Information

The application was published here on January 30, 2017 and must be submitted electronically or postmarked by March 31, 2017 if submitted in paper. All recommendation forms must also be submitted or postmarked by March 31, 2017.

Traditional student application (high school): Download here.

Non-traditional student application (adult): Download here.

For application guidelines and forms, please contact LEDC:
Phone: 612-724-5332
Email: info@ledc-mn.org
or come to LEDC’s office.

Questions? See our informative press release here.

Past Recipients

2015 Winners

  • The “George W. Linares Scholarship” will be awarded to Marion Rodriguez-Torres, who is graduating from Blaine high School, and will attend Gustavus Adolphus College for Economics and Business.
  • The “Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship” will be awarded to Cristina Morelos Quintero who is graduating from South High School, and will attend The University of Minnesota for Nursing.
  • The “Garcia-Urzua Scholarship” will be awarded to Miguel Angel Rodriguez Torres, who is graduating from Roosevelt High School, and will attend Augsburg College for Biology.
  • The “Los Ocampo Scholarship” will be awarded to Aranza Michelle Jimenez Tinoco, who is graduating from Southwest High School, and will attend The University of Minnesota for Pre-Veterinary Studies.

The following students will receive the “Latino Scholarship Fund Scholarship” to continue their higher education:

  • Brenda Jeanett Rodriguez-Rojas, who is graduating from Southwest High School, and who is attending Normandale Community College for Elementary Youth Education;
  • Gustavo Angel Manjarrez, who is graduating from St. Louis Park High School who is attending Concordia University for Elementary Youth Education;
  • Laura Jocelyn Penalosa, who is graduating from Henry Sibley High School, and who is attending the University of Minnesota for Psychology;
  • Erick Martinez-Reyes, who is graduating from Northfield High School, and who is attending Inver Hills Community College for Architecture and Fashion.

 

2014 Winners

The 2014 Latino Scholarship Fund recipients received their awards on Wednesday, May 14. The amount of all scholarships was $3,000 each for a total of $21,000 awarded.

  • The “Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship” was awarded to Josseline Lopez, who graduated from St. Madelia Secondary and will attend South Central College for Nursing.
  • The “George W. Linares Scholarship” was awarded to Maria Sanchez Lopez, who graduated from St. Louis Park High School and will attend Drake University for Computer Science.
  • TheGarcia-Urzua Scholarship” was awarded to Karen Lopez Soto, who will attend MCTC for Nursing.
  • The “Manuel Guerrero Scholarship” will be awarded to Yosmeiry Abreo Morrillo who will attend MCTC for Human Services/ Social Work.

In addition, the following students received an “IME Scholarship” to continue their higher education:

  • Jesus Bermudes Martinez, who is attending Normandale community College.
  • Luis Vargas Leana, who is attending the University Of Minnesota for Computer Science.
  • Sebastian Lakenen who is attending St. Cloud State University for Chemistry in Pre-Med.

2013 Winners

The 2013 Latino Scholarship Fund recipients received their awards on Wednesday, May 8. The amount of all scholarships was $2,350 each for a total of $11,750 awarded.

  • The “Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship” was awarded to Stephanie Chávez, who graduated from Richfield High School and will attend Augsburg College for Elementary Education.
  • The “George W. Linares Scholarship” was awarded to Eric Mendoza Riveros, who graduated from Roosevelt High School and will attend Gustavus Adolphus for Pre-law.
  • The Garcia-Urzua Scholarship” was awarded to Talia Estrada, who graduated from Central High School, and will attend University of Minnesota Morris to study Biology.

In addition, the following students received an “IME Scholarship” to continue their higher education:

  • Juan M del Angel, who is attending St Cloud Technical for Mechatronics.
  • Veronica Zavala, who is attending Minneapolis Technical College for Child Development.

2012 Winners

In May 2012, the Latino Scholarship Fund Selection committee awarded 7 scholarships. The amount of all scholarships was $3,000 each, for a total of $21,000 awarded.

  • The “George W. Linares Scholarship” was awarded to Oscar Martinez Armenta, who graduated from Roosevelt High School and is attending the Augsburg College for Biomedical science.
  • The “Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship” was awarded to Karla Arredondo, who is graduating from Patrick Henry and is attending Hamline University for Environmental science.
  • The “LEDC Scholarship” will be awarded to Karen Gonzalez, who graduated from St. James High School in St. James, and is attending Iowa Lakes community college.

The following students received an “IME Scholarship” to continue their higher education:

  • Johana Cornejo-Cisneros, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Liberal Arts.
  • Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, who is attending Normandale Community and Technical College for Social sciences and criminal justice.
  • Roberto Ruiz, who is attending the Hennepin Technical college for Culinary arts.
  • Michelle Gonzalez-Lopez, who is attending Hennepin Technical College to become a Dental hygienist.

2011 Winners

Based on decisions made by the Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee on 4/10/2011, 8 young students were chosen to receive a $3,000 scholarship each. The process to select recipients was extremely difficult as 92 high quality applications were received that not only showed academic quality, but also a deep understanding about the strong commitment these students have with their communities.

  • The “George W. Linares Scholarship” was awarded to Yessica Diana Rodriguez, who graduated from St. Paul Central High School and is attending the Augsburg College.
  • The “Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship” was awarded to Veronica Martinez Rubio, who graduated from Wellstone International High School and is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
  • The “LEDC Scholarship” was awarded to Ruth Anariba, who graduated from Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls, and is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato.

The following students received the “IME Scholarship” to continue their higher education:

  • Juan Manuel Cruz-Aguilar, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Computer Support and Network Administration.
  • Maria Magdalena Sanchez Palomares, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Graphic Design and Visual Communication.
  • Adriana M. Casillas, who is attending the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities for Wildlife Biology.
  • Omar Gaona-Roman, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Computer Support and Network Administration.
  • Gerardo Dominguez, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Photography.

2010 Winners

  • The George W. Linares Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Luis H. Hernandez. Luis graduated from Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul, and is planning on attending St. Mary’s University studying computer engineering and nuclear technology.
  • The Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Yolisbeth Sanchez Ruiz. Yolisbeth graduated from Broadway High School in Minneapolis, and is planning on attending MCTC to study child development.
  • The LEDC Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Gerardo Dominguez. Gerardo graduated from El Colegio and attends MCTC to study law enforcement.

2009 Winners

  • The George G. W. Linares Scholarship was awarded to Jesus E. Juárez Reyes, who graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota and is attending Augsburg College to continue his education. The amount of this scholarship is $3,500.
  • The Ramiro Hernández Márquez Scholarship was awarded to Sara Lizbeth Alarcón Vargas, who graduated from El Colegio Charter School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College to study Photography. The amount of this scholarship is $3,500.
  • José Luís García graduated from Winona Senior High School in Winona, MN and is attending Winona State University to study Accounting. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
  • Gloria Berenice Castillo Alvarez graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN and is attending Southwest Minnesota State University to study Political Science. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
  • Saraí Román graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul, MN and is attending Saint Benedict College to study Pre-Law and Education. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
  • Irvin Perez graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis and is attending the University of Minnesota School of Business to study Finance. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
  • Laura Griselda Pastrana Campos graduated from Broadway High School and attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College to study Psychology. The amount of this scholarship was $3,250.

2008 Winners

  • The George G. W. Linares Scholarship was awarded to Irma Marquez, who graduated from Saint James High School in Saint James, Minnesota. She is now attending Gustavus Adolphus College.

LEDC Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Alejandro Reyes, who graduated from Shakopee High School in Shakopee and is attending Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Ana Gonzalez, who graduated from Harding High School in Saint Paul and is attending Augsburg College.
  • Adriana Echeverria, who graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and is attending Augsburg College.
  • Greysi Ocampo, who graduated from Chaska High School in Chaska and is attending Normandale College.
  • Marlen Mendoza, who graduated from Roosevelt High School and is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
  • Edgar Ullaguari, who graduated from Lincoln International High School in Minneapolis and attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

2007 Winners

  • The George G. W. Linares Scholarship awarded to Mario Aguilar-Olivar, who graduated from Hopkins High School in Minnetonka and attending the Carlson School of Management.

LEDC Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Juventino Meza Rodriguez, who graduated from Arlington High School in St. Paul and is attending Augsburg College.
  • Alondra Velazquez, who graduated from Roseville Area High School in Roseville and is attending The College of St. Catherine.
  • Leny Briones, who graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and is attending The College of St. Catherine.
  • Wendy Carina Sosa Bustillos, who graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis and is attending MCTC.
  • Irene Dominguez-Galarza, who graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and attended The College of St. Catherine.

2006 Winners

Hanani Cárdenas and Pedro Ruíz, who both attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College, received the first two LEDC Scholarships.

One Student’s Story

Irma Marquez’s speech to LSF winners:

I’m going to go back to the day that I applied for this scholarship. I remember filling it out and making sure that all the information was there. Then, it came the time to write the essay. The essay asked me to answer these questions: What does education mean to you? What does it mean to your family? And, how do you plan to give back to your Latino community?

It was something that made me think so much about myself and my future. I sat for a long time, thinking of an answer that would sum up all of my feelings about these questions. It was not easy because there are many different factors that I believe contribute to the value of education and why it is so important to me. One obvious reason is because education is the key for our future success. We need educated individuals in this generation to build our future, to make it better for the generations to come. Another reason why it is important to me personally is because I am the first generation in my family to go to college. It is such a great milestone that I know my family are really proud of. Education will give me the opportunity to continue pursuing my dreams in order for me to help others. I want to be a positive role model, but most importantly, I see myself as a great leader for my community and family. My ultimate goal is to help the Latino community in the future.

I always knew I wanted to go to college. My parents made it clear that education was the only way I could take to have have a better life; a life without a factory job. I’m not saying that labor work is in any way inferior; it’s a respectable and honorable job. I know because my parents are factory workers, but nonetheless, the truth is that labor work is not what my parents or I want for me. They believe that there is more out there than that for me. My parents were not fortunate enough to go to college because of lack of money, but they have worked hard so that my brother and I can have that opportunity. God knows I am taking full advantage of this opportunity they are giving me. For those reasons, I have been brought up with education being a priority.

I am sure that all of the scholarship recipients here today feel the same way and many of us have identical views on education. I am very proud of every single one that is here tonight. I can also bet that we have had similar struggles. Being a Latino in this country is not easy for many because we have to break stereotypes. We have to work twice as hard to accomplish our goals. We have to prove many wrong because of the wrong image that many have of us. It’s not fair, but the reality of that is that the biases exist. I believe that no matter the bias, anyone can do it. It just means that you may have some bumps in the way, but those experiences are the ones that will make you a better person. Also, make you a strong person who can get back up and continue his or her path. I’m saying this from experience. No es facil. It has been hard.

I arrived in the United States at age nine. I came without knowing a word of English and entered school at the fourth grade. It was a scary sight, I tell you. I mean, just imagine being in a classroom wanting to make friends, wanting to adapt to your new school, but not being able to because of a language barrier. This is something that we all, as Spanish speakers, have been familiar with, right?

On behalf of myself and the scholarship recipients, I want to thank LEDC and every person who has made this program a permanent success. All of those who have donated their time, hard work, and money to this wonderful organization, thank you! Thank you so much to those who have believed in us because it really means so much to us. Every small contribution helps and makes a difference in our lives.

Filling out the application was not the hard thing; answering the questions proved to be the challenge. That’s how things in life are. The hardest and most rewarding things in life are the things that you need to work hard for. What you can get from education depends on how much you are willing to put into it. I encourage you all to always push yourselves to do beyond your best in everything that you do because one day, your hard work will be rewarded, just like today.

Thank you!