Four Case Western Reserve University students received scholarships at Esperanza Inc.’s Fiesta of Hope event in June.
Santiago Chabrier, a chemical engineering student; Jessica Trabucco, a biomedical engineering student; and Isaac Martinez and Elizabeth Reyes, both nursing students, were honored with scholarships at the event for their achievements.
The students were among a group of 106 students selected from a pool of 300 applicants.
Esperanza (meaning “hope”) began in the early 1980s as a community project to improve the educational opportunities for Hispanics in Greater Cleveland by motivating and recognizing academic achievement through scholarships.
As Ohio’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Hispanic educational achievement, its founders recognized the need to expand the services by adding programs to address more of the educational needs of the community. Esperanza awarded its first college scholarship in 1983.
Since awarding just one college scholarship that first year, Esperanza has grown steadily to where it is now able to award more than 100 college scholarships every year through the support of corporations, foundations and individual donors.