Cumbre Humboldt awards five scholarships to Latinx students – Times-Standard

Local educational association Cumbre Humboldt has awarded its second round of Reach for Your Star/Alcanza Tu Estrella scholarships to Latinx students pursuing higher education.

HSU students Steffi Puerto and Guadalupe Farías Chávez, CR students Armida Martínez and Evelyn Miranda García, and Fortuna High student Keiry Campos are the five recipients of the latest round of $500 awards.

The winners were selected from a pool of 20 applicants sent to the Cumbre Humboldt Awards Review Committee. As part of the application process, applicants must provide proof of enrollment or application to a college, university, vocational school, or technical school, as well as financial need.

While the GPA was part of the application, the organization did not consider it part of its selection due to how standardized programs might present disadvantages for Latinx students, due to the equity, economic barriers and, sometimes, language barriers. Instead, Cumbre Humboldt chose to focus on students’ desire for a better life through higher education.

“The award is looking for people who have the drive to succeed,” Cumbre Humboldt president Lucy Salazar told The Times-Standard. “You could tell with all these ladies that they really have their eyes on the prize, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for.”

Puerto, a double major in Journalism and Critical Race and Gender Studies at HSU, shared that she would like to pursue a graduate program and one day create publications that focus on communities of color.

“I hope to share why these stories matter and the impact these people have in their communities and in people like them,” she said.

HSU student Steffi Puerto is among five Cumbre Humboldt scholarship recipients. (Photo courtesy Cumbre Humboldt)

Martínez, a CR student, worked as a medical assistant and in prenatal clinics for several years before returning to school to pursue nursing studies. She describes this work as rewarding.

“Working in the medical field for so long and providing care to our community, (which) is really underserved, has been a really rewarding experience and to be able to work with amazing doctors and nurses too. That’s kind of what led me to want to become a nurse,” she said.

Miranda García currently works as an orderly at the Timber Ridge Care facility. She told the Times-Standard that taking care of others makes her feel good.

“I really like feeling like I’m able to help. And (for the patients) seeing that they have someone there to help them, even if it’s just for little things, you can see they’re so happy to have someone there. “said Miranda García,

While $500 may not seem like a lot in the face of rising rents and higher education costs, the prices will make the difference for these students.

“Nursing school is really intense, very demanding, and it takes time, effort and a lot of focus, so I couldn’t work,” Martínez said. “But being able to win a scholarship has helped me pay for my education and continue my education.”

Before receiving the scholarship, HSU journalism major Puerto worked two jobs in addition to selling chocoflan, a chocolate cake with a layer of Mexican-style custard on top on the side. The award allowed her to better focus on her academic work.

“So having that extra money helped me prioritize my school and gave me the flexibility to not work so much because it was really stressful to work and have unreasonable hours when my only focus was school. school,” she said. “I’m financially responsible for myself, so I don’t get much help from my parents.”

Salazar said she and Cumbre Humboldt were delighted to present their second set of awards to these outstanding students.

“Cumbre Humboldt is very proud of the five recipients of this award and we wish them well and know they will succeed in whatever they choose,” she said.

Cumbre Humboldt plans to award its next round of scholarships in the spring. Salazar said the organization is seeking donations for upcoming awards. A donation link can be found on the Cumbre Humboldt website at https://www.cumbrehumboldt.org/. Applications for scholarships are expected to open on February 15.

Mario Cortez can be reached at 707-441-0526.

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