Who Can Apply:
- José Melendez was a beloved father who passed away too soon. Despite facing numerous challenges in his life, José’s unwavering dedication and determination were evident in his role as a janitor and father of eleven children. One of his most remarkable achievements was ensuring that each of his children graduated from a four-year college, a testament to his unwavering support and commitment to their education.
- Though José was never able to finish his high school degree or pursue higher education, he possessed a deep understanding of the transformative power of education. He believed that education was the key to unlocking opportunities and empowering individuals to create a better future for themselves and their communities. José’s incredible accomplishment of guiding his children through college serves as an inspiration to all, demonstrating that with perseverance, hard work, and a strong belief in the value of education, dreams can be achieved against all odds.
- This scholarship seeks to honor the memory of José Melendez by supporting Mexican-American students who share his passion for education and overcoming barriers.
- Any Mexican or Mexican-American student who has graduated high school and is or will be a first-generation undergraduate student may apply for this scholarship if they have work experience or strong volunteering experience.
Submission: To apply, tell us why you’re passionate about being a first-generation, Mexican-American student.
Deadline: December 2, 2024