San Benito County LULAC is excited to announce the 2017 annual scholarship awards to 10 deserving students who were LULAC Youth members that have jointly contributed hundreds of volunteer hours to improving the community of San Benito County.
The students are: Santana Rodriguez (San Benito High School valedictorian, planning to attend UCLA), Ruben Sobreyra (U.C. Davis), Herman Chavez (Gavilan College), Carla Vazquez (UCSB), Hailey Robles (SJSU), Nataly Romo (Gavilan College), Julio Salazar (University of the Pacific), Viviana de Jesus Villa (Gavilan College), Ether Sandoval (Sonoma State), and Eddie Cruz (Gavilan College). LULAC also congratulates Luisa Maquiz, Diana Sanchez and the entire class of 2017 for their accomplishments.
San Benito County LULAC is committed to the ideals of education, the vitality of leadership and the importance of community and self empowerment. Granting much needed scholarships to bright and dynamic students has been a core part of San Benito County LULAC's mission since founded 30 years ago. During this time, LULAC has awarded over $164,000 in scholarships to local youth.
One of those students is Ruben Sobreyra, LULAC youth member and scholarship recipient. Ruben was also recently awarded a full scholarship to U.C. Davis and contributes his success to the skills obtained as a member of the LULAC Youth Council. When asked about his feelings in receiving the LULAC scholarship, Ruben was reminded of his favorite quote: "pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go." — Unknown.
In addition to receiving scholarships, recipients were given a medallion, which is presented upon graduation. The medallion is a symbol of participation, dedication and a symbol of culture — it is also presented to students who have participated in community and school activities.
The wearing of the medallion has been an ongoing tradition for LULAC, students proudly display their medallions during graduation ceremonies. "I felt really honored to receive the scholarship and I wear the medal with so much pride," said Sobreyra.
LULAC is the largest and oldest Latino organization in the United States. It advances the economic condition, educational attainment, housing, health and civil rights through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide.