12 students named Promise Scholars by community foundation
HOLLAND – Twelve local students have been selected as the next batch of Community Foundation Promise Scholars from the Holland/Zealand region.
The students, coming from four area high schools, will join 34 returning scholars. The scholarship is a last dollar scholarship which means it covers tuition, books, room and board after applying for other grants and scholarships.
This year’s winners include five students from Holland Public Schools, five from West Ottawa, one from Zeeland and one from Holland Christian. The recipients, along with their choice of high school and college education are:
- Lena Compian, West Zeeland, Grand Valley State University
- Diego Felix-Trejo, Holland Early College, University of Michigan
- Kenya Garza, Ottawa West, University of Michigan
- Betzaida Hidalgo, Ottawa West, Hope College
- Kimberly Maldanado, Ottawa West, Hope College
- Fernando Medina, Ottawa West, Hope College
- Isaak Nguyen, Netherlands, Michigan State University
- LayRay Paw, Holland, Lake Michigan College
- Amy Pedraza, Netherlands, Hope College
- Flor Hannah Quinonnes Sanchez, Holland, Kendall College of Art and Design
- Ellie Rizk, Holland Christian, Michigan Technological University
- Giselle Roman, Ottawa West, Michigan State University
Several of the students will be first-generation students when they begin classes this fall.
“Words cannot explain how extremely grateful and blessed I am to be a Pledge recipient,” said Medina, who plans to become a social worker. “I will officially become a first-generation student in the fall.
“As a social worker, I plan to become someone who will impact those around me and in my community, providing support to many in need.”
“Being selected for the Promise Scholarship is absolutely amazing,” said Paw. “I am the first person in my entire biological family/extended family to have the opportunity to receive a university degree. I’m so grateful!”
The Promise Scholarship is renewable for additional undergraduate years as long as students remain in good standing and progress to degrees. It was created in 2010 by a group of business and community leaders. Promise Scholar students have a 94% graduation rate, CFHZ said.
“I am beyond grateful to the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area and the opportunity the donors have given me with the Promise Scholarship,” said Garza. “It allows me to choose the school I dreamed of attending and helps my years of hard work and perseverance achieve a worthy result.”
“I am forever grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of the pledge,” Maladanado said. “My parents are thrilled that I have this opportunity to grow. Thank you donors for seeing potential in me; I am ready for the next stage of my life with immense support.
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