LatPro Announces 2017 Scholarship Finalists – help us choose one winner!

We are proud to announce the six finalists for the 2017 LatPro Scholarship award; they include students in Biology, Education, Applied Linguistics, Physiology, Integrated Digital Media, and Marketing.  We received hundreds of exceptional applications, but we feel that these candidates showed the best combination of passion, integrity, and dedication to their chosen fields of study.

Now we need your help in choosing the one scholarship award winner!  The final selection process will involve three different factors:

  1.   outside voting (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media options on the left side of the essays)
  2.   comments left by visitors
  3.   the LatPro Scholarship committee’s scoring of the student’s application and essay

The one winner will be announced on Friday, July 14th.  Please help us with our selection by voting for your favorite essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options on the left side of the essays) and by leaving comments or clicking the ‘star’ icon above the comments section.

Sharon Perez Solorio, Biology and Education

I intend to graduate with a B.S. degree in Biology with an emphasis in physiology and a B.A. degree in Education, Communities, and Organizations from the University of Washington-Seattle Campus. My plans after college are to apply to medical school, with the hope of one day serving a rural, underserved community. I have chosen this combination of majors because biological science and learning theory deeply intrigue me…

Laurel Dispenza, Applied Linguistics

Is there something that makes your heart leap? Is there something that gets your blood pumping? Is there something you could do all day and be completely satisfied? For me, that something is language. Now, I don’t mean just the words and grammar of languages, but rather the communication, self-expression, and transformation that comes as a result of different languages. I was a shy child, so shy that I ran out of the room during the nativity play at my church because I was so nervous…

John Baron, Physiology

I chose my major after watching my mother endure breast cancer and its treatments. When I was a senior in high school, my mom was laid off from work and then diagnosed with breast cancer. A couple of months later, my dad was also laid off from work. To this day, almost four years later, my mom has not been reemployed into her career field. During these times of struggle, the community came together and continuously helped provide for us…

Jacqueline Luna Gaytan, Integrated Digital Media

I am currently planning to pursue a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction this upcoming fall. I chose my major because of pure interest and financial security. I wanted a career that would satisfy my love for design and still offer a great salary. Initially, I began with web programming and design. Although I enjoyed working in web design, I knew that I wanted to involve psychology concepts in my work without having to give up being a designer…

Richard DeRosa, Marketing

My mother is in marketing. When I was a child, we lived in a very impoverished area, my mother was working a mundane secretary job, and, on weekends, she worked as a bartender at a club. She was constantly gone, trying to provide for my sister and me. She worked her way, with little education, up to the marketing department and continued her way to marketing manager. Because she worked so hard to provide for my sister and me, I want to show her that I can work just as hard to get where I want…

Gloria Dorcheus, Education

I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States almost four years ago. I am a person who has always been driven by an eagerness to help others. I would say that my professional and personal accomplishments are interrelated. In my opinion, we are all at the right place at the right time to help others. We should just look around, be aware of it, and make ourselves available. This approach to life was what initially motivated me to obtain a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology…

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