The LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is announcing the ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship program national recipient, Stephanie Diaz of El Paso, Texas, and twelve local awardees from across LNESCs program sites. Ms. Diaz will receive a four-year $20,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and will attend the LULAC National Convention in New York, NY in July.
The ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program will not only provide me with financial aid to afford an engineering education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but also a source of motivation to help other Latinos acquire an education. I hope to inspire other potential engineers who, like me, come from a humble background, to remain perseverant and work innovatively toward a future in STEM, stated Diaz.
Local scholarship recipients will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship to pursue engineering degrees at U. S. post-secondary institutions. The 2014-2015 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program recipients are:
Thuria Abdelaziz, Texas A&M University, Chemical Engineering
Cristian Alonso, Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering
Jered Dominguez-Trujillo, Vanderbilt University, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Hammond, University of Pennsylvania, Chemical Engineering
Yerania Hernandez, Texas A&M University, Computer Engineering
Oscar Lozano, University of Texas at El Paso, Biomedical Engineering
Juan Maldonado, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
Abraham Medina De La Cruz, University of Texas at Austin, Computer Engineering
Giselle Miller, University of Notre Dame, Electrical Engineering
Fernando Rodriguez, University of Houston, Mechanical Engineering
Roberto Rosas, University of Houston, Mechanical Engineering
Erika Soto, Columbia University, Mechanical Engineering
We were extremely impressed with the quality of applicants for this years program. These students are not only at top of their class but highly involved in the community and extracurricular activities, said LNESC Executive Director, Richard Roybal. As we continue to grow our STEM based programs to expose minority students to real-world STEM applications and professionals, we are now proud to provide high-achieving students with scholarship opportunities through our partnership with ExxonMobil.
According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, a record-setting 69 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college last year. Despite the attainment gap narrowing, however, Hispanics continue to lag behind their counterparts in obtaining a bachelors degree, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students.
More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at www.lnesc.org.
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