Making the grade: McNary Latino academics honored
The Latin American Action Committee (LAC) awarded scholarships to 18 McNary Latinx seniors. Each student received $ 400.
Olga Gloria (right) helps Manuel Sandoval collect his scholarship from Keizer’s Latin Action Committee.
As each of McNary’s 18 high school students received scholarships from the Latino Action Committee (LAC) last week, Roland Herrera had a message for each of the students as they left: “We believe in you and don’t forget your community.”
In recent years, the BAC has offered scholarships to senior Latinx graduates and each year the level of support increases.
“We intended to give the students $ 350 back like we did last year, but an anonymous donor showed up and gave us $ 900 and we were able to add $ 50 to each student’s scholarship. this year, ”said Olga Gloria who, along with her husband Arturo, were the founding members of LAC.
There were lots of smiles to be had as Gloria handed out certificates honoring student achievement and money to those who pulled into the parking lot at Keizer Civic Center. Pandemic precautions have forced the event to move outdoors and drive by car for the past two years.
Students submit essays with their scholarship applications, and Gloria said reading about the students – what they’ve already overcome and their plans for the future – is a highlight of her year.
“They always talk about how they want to make their parents proud and what they plan to do for their communities after they graduate,” said Gloria. “These things are in each of the trials.”
This year’s BAC scholarship winners were:
• Nathalie Alvarado who will attend George Fox University and transfer to the Pharmacy program at Oregon State University.
• Yisel Silva Bravo who will be majoring in Nursing at Linfield University.
• Julianna Falcon who will be attending Chemeketa Community College and is interested in joining the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit.
• Valeria Garcia-Flores will attend Chemeketa and plans to transfer to the state of Oregon and major in counseling.
• Miguel Gaytan will attend Corban University and major in education. He will also play for the Warrior football team.
• Elias Gonzalez will pursue a degree in finance or accounting.
• Hugo I. Gonzalez will study business management and wants to start a construction business.
• Rosalinda Hernandez will major in human physiology and attend a school of chiropractic.
• Gisele Garcia Lopez will study civil engineering and wants to create buildings to withstand natural disasters.
• Eddie Martinez plans to go to college and will continue to write and play his own music and play soccer.
• Allison Martinez is accepted into the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Pre-Medical Imaging Technology Program.
• Camila Garcia-Monroy plans to study biochemistry and become a pediatrician.
• Miguel Angel Orduna plans to study electrical systems and works as a power line electrician.
• Jennifer Cabrera Ortiz plans to go to college.
• Jaer Macedonio Piedra plans to attend Chemeketa and transfer to a four-year college to study computer science.
• Manuel Avendano Sandoval plans to attend university and study business and leadership.
• Ethan Schurr plans to study computer science and design software.
• Jesse Tapia plans to star in films and start his own fashion label.
Miguel Gaytan. Camila Garcia Monroy.Nathalie Alvardo and her family.Yisel Silva Bravo.