Showcase of Scholars
The Showcase of Scholars is held at the end of each academic year to celebrate the LSF Scholars and their many accomplishments. Scholars in grades PreK-12 receive certificates of completion for their hard work and awards are given to those students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, outstanding leadership qualities, and exemplary work within the community. The event is preceded by a reception for students, families, and guests where they have a chance to network, and members of the community have the opportunity to get to know some of the LSF Scholars.
2015 Showcase of Scholars
The Latino Student Fund (LSF) annual Showcase of Scholars was held on Friday, June 12th at Sidwell Friends School to celebrate the accomplishments of students participating in LSF programs. Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, the Founder and Chairman of Strategic Investment Group, gave the keynote address and encouraged students to "excel, connect and transform."
Previously an event recognizing Scholar students, this year the Showcase of Scholars also honored LISTO and Access Program participants for the 204-15 school year. The scholars Program provides financial aid to Latino students who attend independent and parochial schools in the D.C. area. The Access Program honored students who were admitted into Pre-K-12th grade independent and parochial schools, and LISTO, the gour-year college prep program, recognized its students in grade 9-12 for their hard work and determination in pursuit of their college aspirations. 100% of LISTO's 12th grade students will be attending a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2015. Three high school students were given special awards for Academic Achievement, Community Service and Leadership, and a Community Partner Award was given to George Washington University for its partnership with LISTO. LSF alum Stefano Escoto, a current student at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, was also recognized and spoke briefly about overcoming obstacles in pursuit of higher education.
LSF Board Chair Lizette Corro concluded the evening by congratulating the students on their accomplishments and looking ahead to the future.
2013 Showcase of Scholars
The Latino Student Fund (LSF) annual Showcase of Scholars was held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Fannie Mae Conference Center, to celebrate the accomplishments of students participating in the LSF Scholars Program. At the Showcase, each PreK-12 Scholar received a certificate of completion and three high school Scholars were given special awards for Academic Achievement, Community Service and Leadership. The LSF would like to honor its six 12th grade Scholars from the graduating class of 2013.
In attendance at the Showcase were several influential corporate and community leaders: Mario Acosta-Velez (Verizon); Montez J. Anderson (Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation); Nelson Ayala (Caucus Salvadoreño Empresarial); Carlos Carmona (Capital One); Rolo Duartes (Entravision Communications Corporation); Nathan Graham (Procter & Gamble); Clayton Lawrence (Lawrence Executive Alliance of Professionals); Carlos Vasquez (New York Life) and others. Chris Simmons, Managing Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), delivered the keynote speech, inspiring students to challenge themselves and embrace diversity.
The LSF wanted to thank Fannie Mae for being gracious event hosts and to congratulate all the Scholars on a successful academic year!
2012 Showcase of Scholars
The 2012 Showcase of Scholars took place on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 6pm-8pm at the American University Katzen Arts Center. LSF Scholars, families and special guests came together for an evening to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2012 Latino Student Fund Scholars. During the reception, guests chatted while eating Latin delicacies. Radio personalities Alejandro Negron and Belen Barriga emceed the event.
Some of Washington’s most influential Hispanic leaders and community supporters were in attendance: Marta Estarellas (Inter-American Development Bank), Angela Franco (Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), Carl Hairston (M&T Bank), Roxana Olivas (Office of Latino Affairs), Darlene Slaughter (Fannie Mae), Carlos Vasquez (New York Life), and others. Joe Martin, LSF SAT Preparatory Course instructor, and Mrs. Estarellas were presented with the Community Award for their contributions to the LSF. The LSF also recognized its corporate sponsors that have been instrumental in providing support for the Scholars Program: The Bancroft Foundation, Children’s Charities Foundation, FedEx, Freddie Mac Foundation, Mattress Warehouse, Procter & Gamble, and others.
Keynote speaker Mario Acosta-Velez (Verizon), gave the Scholars practical advice and discussed overcoming insecurities in the professional world. Rosalia Miller, LSF Co-Founder and Board Chair, aptly remarked “this is all for the kids.” Each Scholar was given a certificate of completion, and three high school Scholars were given special awards for academic achievement, community service, and leadership.
Special thanks to American University for hosting the 2012 Showcase!
2011 Showcase of Scholars
The Latino Student Fund held its annual Showcase of Scholars on June 7, 2011 at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. In addition to our Scholars and their families, the Showcase is attended by diplomats, educators, and members of LSF’s community of supporters.
This year the LSF was honored to have Mayor Vincent Gray in attendance at the event. Mayor Gray spoke about the importance of education for our nation’s youth and the role that organizations like the LSF play in extending educational opportunities to minority students. Ms. Gina Adams of Federal Express was the Featured Speaker at the event. Ms. Adams spoke to students and their families about the importance of overcoming adversity and the strength of community and education in the 21st century.
The Senior Keynote Address was delivered by Krissia Rivera, a graduating senior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. With a GPA over 4.0, it is no surprise that Krissia was admitted to a list of prestigious schools. She has decided to study biomedical sciences at Brown University in the fall.
Special awards were presented to students for their academic, leadership and community service achievements throughout the year. Our senior speaker, Krissia Rivera, was the recipient of the Shirley Oliver Academic Excellence Award. The Academic Achievement Award was presented to Alexander Rivera, a graduating senior at St. John’s Catholic Prep School who will attend American University in the fall. The Leadership Award was presented to Genesis Fuentes, the Student Body President at Montrose Christian School who will be attending William and Mary in the fall. Finally the Sylvia Howe Thompson Community Service Award was presented to Jennyfer Lazo, a graduating senior at Sandy Spring Friends School who plans to attend University of Maryland in the fall.