2019 Mayor's Gala Awards

2019 Mayor's Gala Awards

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New Graduation Data About the Class of 2014

52% Graduated with Bachelor's Degree - a Great Investment in Our Community

Ontario, California, September 11, 2020 -- Last year the Foundation reported on the graduation rate for 2013 as many donors have asked if our Scholarship recipients have completed their coursework and what the graduation rate is for the recipients. The Foundation recently completed an extensive review of the 65 Scholars that graduated from High School in 2014 and we are pleased to present the following results:

  • Scholarships Awarded = 65 (100%)
  • Students Not Located = 23 (35%)
  • Number of Bachelor's Degrees Received = 34 (52%)
  • Number of Bachelor's with Master's Degrees = 0 (0%)
  • Number pursuing Master's Degrees=4 (6%)
  • Number still pursuing AA or Bachelor's = 0 (0%)
  • Number of pursuing PhD = 1 (1%)
  • Number that attended but no additional info available = 8 (12%)
  • Grand Total Receiving Bachelor's Degrees = 34 (52%)

The National graduation rate is about 60%. However, we are unable to access school records as privacy regulations make it impossible to locate some students including those that may have had name changes. If we look at the total graduation rate of the students we located, we get a resounding 81% graduation rate. Congratulations Class of 2014!

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Announces 30 Additional Scholarship Awards

Ontario, California, August 5, 2020 -- The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars is awarding 25 Scholarships to students in the Chaffey Joint Union High School and Fontana Unified School Districts. In addition, 5 more scholarships are being awarded to students continuing their college education. These awards are in addition to 30 previously announced scholarships awarded by the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars and Promise Scholars.


Past scholarship recipients have attended colleges and universities across the country, plus local schools including Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, UCI, University of La Verne, Cal State University, San Bernardino and community colleges such as Chaffey College and Mt. San Antonio College, among others. Many who receive these scholarships are the first in their families to attend college. 

The 2020 Scholarship Recipients are as follows:

Chaffey Joint Union High School District

Jeanette Acosta

Blanca Arellano

Jennifer De Tejada

Jesus Gonzalez

Maricarmen Flores

Yazmine Mejia Lopez

Vivian Nguyen

Daniella Perez

Cecila Perez Cruz

Julie Ta

Daniel Valverde Garcia

Stefani Zane Grande

Wilbert Henriquez Castillo

Natalia Salazar

Esmeralda Trujillo

Fontana Unified School District

Karla Garcia Ortiz

Jorge Lomeli

Yulianna Para

Johan Portillo

Annette Mercado Sanchez

Brenda Onofre

Giovanni Pacheco

Stephanie Ruiz

Joselin Vasquez

Lizeth Vasquez Berrospe

Partner Colleges (Continuing Students)

Nadia Castillo Arcos

Carla Castillo Arcos

Danyelle Jacob

Vanessa Ramos-Paz

Andres Ruiz

"We are thrilled that through the generosity of several grantees and donors during this difficult time, that we are able to award an additional 30 Scholarships," said Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman.

 

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® Receives $10,000 Grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation

Ontario, California, July 30, 2020 -- Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF). This grant will support a Strategic Partnering Development Project in the areas of Fundraising Training, Marketing and Communications Development.

The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars is comprised of an all-volunteer Board of Directors and a group of College Interns. In order to compete for the resources necessary to sustain and increase the donations necessary to meet the needs of the under-represented, low-income and high-performing students the Foundation serves, our volunteer staff must be able to utilize industry best practices.

"This grant will enable our Board Members and Interns to develop additional expertise that will take us to the next level as we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "We are extremely appreciative of the support provided by the Inland Empire Community Foundation."

"A vast majority of the donations we receive are transferred directly to Colleges and Universities our Scholarship recipients are attending. Training provided by Industry experts is an important component that will allow us to implement best practices," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® Receives $5,000 Grant from Edison International to Fund STEM Scholarships

Ontario, California, July 29, 2020 -- Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Edison International. Our companies include Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States and a longtime leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Edison International has supported Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarships for many years.

The grant will provide 5 students with $1,000 scholarships. Edison looks for education programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in middle school, high school, and college levels, including tutoring, scholarships, and college-access programs.

"We are excited to partner with Edison International once again in support of STEM students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "Our partnership with Edison International has lasted more than a decade and has resulted in more than 100 scholarships."

"STEM scholarships have become an integral part of the Foundation's program, as several of our major donor corporations specify their funding be allocated for STEM students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Niagara Cares® Awards $10,000 Grant to Help Fund Local Scholarships

Ontario, California, July 28, 2020 -- Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Niagara Cares®, the local non-profit grant program that supports community initiatives related to children's education, health and wellness in areas where Niagara Bottling facilities are located. Through Niagara Cares, Niagara Bottling is committed to supporting local and national charitable organizations and programs by engaging stakeholders, volunteering in the community and investing its resources to support vulnerable children and their families.

The grant will provide 10 students with $1,000 scholarships. The goal is to help students with financial need to complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt.  

"We are very pleased to receive this opportunity from Niagara Cares," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "This grant will allow us to increase the number of scholarships awarded in 2020, which has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."

"We hope to award 60 scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year in support of local high school graduates and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Scholarship America® Awards $10,000 Matching Grant Opportunity to Help Fund Renewable Scholarships

Ontario, California, June 8, 2020 - Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant opportunity from Scholarship America, the nation's largest scholarship provider.

The grant, matched by funds raised by Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars, will provide students with renewable scholarships. The goal is to help students with financial need complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt. Renewable scholarships see students through to graduation, and are an important tool in ensuring students not only have access to college, but also persist to graduation.

"The COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to distance learning has created a new normal for students, and they need our support more than ever as the college experience changes," said Robert C. Ballard, President & CEO of Scholarship America. "Higher education costs continue to rise and Scholarship America is pleased to support the efforts of our Dollars for Scholars who are helping students successfully complete their education, "added Ballard.

"We are thrilled to receive this opportunity from Scholarship America," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "This grant will allow us to increase our ability to help local students achieve success."

"In order for the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars to implement this program, we'll need to raise $10,000 in matching funds for each of the next 4 years and we'll be looking to the community to support our efforts," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

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About Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars®

Dollars for Scholars is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides local graduating seniors and college students with financial and academic assistance to help them pursue higher education. This year, the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Dollars for Scholars is distributing more than $50,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Ontario, Chaffey, Colony and Montclair High Schools as well as continuing college students from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University, San Bernardino, and the University of Las Verne. 

About Scholarship America®

Scholarship America is a non-profit organization that helps students fulfill their college dreams. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.3 billion to more than 2.6 million students, making it the nation's largest private scholarship provider. The organization works with partners to lower barriers to a college education and give students the support needed to succeed. Learn more at scholarshipamerica.org.

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars and Promise Scholars Announce 30 Scholarship Awards

Ontario, California, May 16, 2020 -- The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars and Promise Scholars are awarding 30 $1,000 Scholarships to students in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. These awards mark the first scholarships presented since these two organizations entered into a Partnership Agreement in January.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Mayor's Gala, which celebrates these awards and was scheduled for May 16th at Chaffey High School's Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium had to be cancelled. The following link provides a Video that celebrates their accomplishment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7mNUdPmuxI


Past scholarship recipients have attended colleges and universities across the country, plus local schools including Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, UCI, University of La Verne, Cal State University, San Bernardino and community colleges such as Chaffey College and Mt. San Antonio College, among others. Many who receive these scholarships are the first in their families to attend college. 

The 2020 Scholarship Recipients are as follows:

Chaffey High School

Gustavo Alvarado

Kelly Cano

Makayla Dean

Sujey Figueroa Solorio

Ronica Gutierrez

Jorge Guzman

Daniel Hernandez

German Martinez

Samanta Mauricio-Jauregui

Kylie Mendoza

Evelin Morales

Alexander Soria

Natalie Soto

Colony High School                               

Dulce Balderas

Montclair High School                          

Ximena Alba Barcenas

Angel Carrada

Alejandro Castro-Navarro

David Hernandez

Monserrat Montes

Alberto Ramirez- Rodriguez

Vanessa Ramos

Ontario High School

Destiny Berumen-Leyva

Brian Flores

Cassandra Gutierrez

Emily Meza

Alexys Robles

Lisbeth Sanchez

Blanca Vargas

Adam Vazquez

Perla Zazueta Rodriguez

"This is an amazing partnership that will be a model for other communities to emulate to stimulate higher education achievement," said Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman.

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation 2019 Sponsors

Promise Scholars and Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Announce New Partnership

Ontario-Montclair, CA - Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars and Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars have joined forces to launch a new partnership to support students on their path to a college degree.  The Esperanza Foundation is providing $30,000 in scholarships to the Promise Scholars class of 2020. The new scholarship program is called the Promise Scholars Esperanza Opportunity Scholarship and will provide $1,000 scholarships to 30 students attending partner colleges in the region with the goal to have students persist and graduate from college, participate in an internship, and then start their careers in the region.

"This is an amazing partnership that will be a model for other communities to emulate to stimulate higher education achievement," said Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Chairman.

The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation was founded 19 years ago and advocates for closing the educational achievement gap for all students, as measured by high school completion and college attendance rates. "Esperanza" in Spanish means "hope." Esperanza is the organization's spirit and driving force. It is also the name of the mother of one of the founders, who attributes his success to her parental guidance in his early educational development.  She represents the aspirations of great numbers of parents for their children's success.

"I am very pleased about this new partnership with the Esperanza Foundation. It will strengthen Promise Scholars' ability to serve even more of our students as they attend local partner colleges and help us stay connected to them so they can come back and serve as role models for our younger students," according to Dr. James Q. Hammond, Ontario-Montclair School District Superintendent.

Promise Scholars was founded in 2011 by the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) and Chaffey Joint Union High School District in partnership with Chaffey College and CSU San Bernardino.  The goal was to increase college enrollment and success.  This effort starts in Kindergarten at all 32 OMSD elementary and middle schools and then continues as the students attend Chaffey, Montclair and Ontario High Schools. Two other core partners are the City of Ontario and Inland Empire United Way.  Last year Promise Scholars served over 12,000 K-12 and college students in Ontario and Montclair.

"These scholarships reflect the commitment of community members and organizations to our students and their futures, we are grateful for the dedication of the Esperanza Foundation to our students," said Dr. Chris Hollister, Chaffey Joint Union High School District Assistant Superintendent.

The new Promise Scholars Esperanza Opportunity Scholarship has a unique approach to provide a clearer path to college for all students.  Applying to college is a complicated process, so Promise Scholars created a program that guides students through a series of steps. This Promise Scholars Esperanza Opportunity Scholarship program doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards an Ontario-Montclair student on their effort and initiative as they complete key steps along their path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.

"The Promise Scholars board of directors is looking forward to working with the Esperanza Foundation to reach even more students in need in the community. We believe that unlocking the potential of our community relies on unlocking the potential of all our children. A big thank you goes to Mr. Espinoza and Mayor Leon for making this possible," said Kristine Scott, Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation President.

ESFDFS Fundraising Campaign for 2020 Underway

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars has a lofty goal of serving as many deserving scholars in our local community as possible. We are totally dependent on Corporations, Foundations and Individual Donors to step up and support students right here in the cities we serve. "In 1958, an optometrist in Fall River, Mass., Dr. Irving Fradkin, had a simple but profound idea: if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to a scholarship fund, it would be enough to help every student in the community attend college. It worked - and now Scholarship America/Dollars for Scholars is the nation's largest nonprofit, private scholarship organization." 

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars, which is one of hundreds of Chapters under the Scholarship America umbrella, has awarded over 1,000 Scholarships and raised close to $1.4 million. But as we all know, times have changed since 1958 and the cost of a College education has risen significantly. So, we ask that you open your hearts and help us reach that lofty goal that will make many more dreams of attending College a reality.

To help scholars in our own Community on their path to success, make your gift today. Go to the Donate Now page to make your contribution.

2020 Toyota Leadership and Mentoring Event

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars held its first event of 2020 on January 31st-- the Toyota Student Leadership and Mentoring Event. It was a huge success with over 125 scholarship recipients, their parents and friends plus 14 Table Mentors and our outstanding Keynote Speaker, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre. This year we completely changed the way we structured our program to better benefit both college seniors and graduating high school seniors. We had a wide variety of guest Table Mentors that shared their college and career experiences with ESFDFS alumni scholars and  Promise Scholars high school student recipients about how to maximize their college experience and what to prepare for once they are ready for the workforce

2020 Scholarship Applications are Closed

Family and Friends Celebrate with Scholarship Recipients at 2019 Mayor's Gala--Application submissions are closed for 2020.


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