Thursday, July 12, 2007

Point Foundation grants scholarships to Latino students

The Point Foundation, the nation's largest publicly-supported organization granting scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States, has announced this year's list of scholarship recipients.

Among the 37 lucky scholars two are Latinos.

Lilia Espinoza grew up in Chicago, IL, in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Lilia has been an active member of the Chicago Children's Choir for ten years. Her experience in the choir, a not-for-profit organization founded as an outgrowth of the Civil Rights movement, enabled her to see firsthand the unifying potential of music. Lilia is a National Hispanic Scholar as well as a National Merit Finalist. This fall, Lilia will be an undergraduate at Columbia College at Columbia University in New York, NY. She especially hopes to work with queer youth who have encountered extreme adversity in both their homes and schools.

Born in Mexico and raised in San Diego, Allan Acevedo grew up surrounded by a predominately conservative Latino community. In school, Allan pursued challenging courses and was a cross-country runner and the President of his school's Gay-Straight Alliance. Allan served for three years as a Student Coordinator for the GLSEN Jumpstart Leadership Team, a Trainer for GSA Network, and most recently as a leader of the Stonewall Young Democrats. He has also spoken across the country advocating and promoting youth involvement in social justice issues. Allan will attend San Diego State University in the fall. He aspires to go to law school and be able to take a more direct role in ending social and economic inequalities.

Blabbeando congratulates Lilia and Allan and wish them much success in their studies.

About the Point Foundation: Point scholarships are substantial and multi-faceted; the average annual award is $13,600, and will be renewed annually for the remainder of their degree program as long as a student maintains academic standards. Point runs a formal mentoring program that matches each scholar with a successful professional in a field related to that particular scholar's area of interest. Finally, Point also hosts a leadership conference each year for all current scholars.

Prospective donors and potential applicants can learn more about Point Foundation and Point Scholars at
www.pointfoundation.org.

2 comments:

Lito Sandoval said...

"...grew up surrounded by a predominately conservative Latino community."

Don't you think sometimes this phrase is overused?? As if Latino = conservative more than just US society at large?

Andrés Duque said...

Yeah, I do. But in this case I presume it was Allan who gave them his bio so, in this instance, it probably comes from personal experience.

So while I would agree 100% with you that the Latino community is not as conservative or homophobic as it's usually portrayed, not all of us do grow in gay-friendly environments so I'm not sure if it applies in this context.