NJ student is one of 20 national Hispanic Heritage Month scholarship recipients
Steven Makino, 20, a student at Villanova University, Prospect Park, was one of 20 Latino students from the United States to receive a scholarship from INROADS at his virtual Visiones Benefit event on Friday.
“Many applications were received from all over the country representing many schools and universities. However, the application (from Makino) rose to the top because it was really attractive, sincere and addressed the main components of the essay questions. …He demonstrated his leadership, how he was able to pivot during the pandemic and showed his plans to address diversity issues in his community,” said INROADS Southeast Regional Director Luis Abarca.
Founded in 1970, INROADS provides innovative programs and creative solutions that identify, accelerate and enhance the development of underrepresented talent throughout their careers, according to an INROADS statement.
The annual Visiones Benefit event brought together hundreds of community leaders and influencers to celebrate the richness of Hispanic heritage while supporting life-changing internship and scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students, according to the organization’s statement to non-profit.
Visiones Scholars participate in the INROADS Internship Program or the College Links Program.
Makino, who received a $4,000 scholarship, said he was very excited when he learned he had won.
“INROADS has helped me in my professional journey as well as in my own personal growth by giving me opportunities that have allowed me to better understand what I want to pursue in the future. … At the same time, Makino INROADS m helped step out of my comfort zone in ways I couldn’t have imagined even a year ago,” Makino said.
Interested in the field of economics, Makino said he would like a job as an economic consultant or economic adviser.
“I am truly grateful and honored to receive this scholarship to help me pursue my future career,” he said.
Hispanic community leaders joined the event, including keynote speaker Nick Valencia, CNN anchor and correspondent; emcee Lisa Gonzales, KRCA-TV news anchor and INROADS alumnus; and Rosa Nuñez, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Foley Hoag LLP and National Board Member of INROADS.
“Growing up as a low-income, first-generation student, I didn’t think I had the financial means to go to college,” 2021 Visiones scholarship recipient Jeannette Mayo Gallegos said in a statement.
“When you get a scholarship like this from an organization like INROADS, you think ‘Wow, those dreams I had as a kid aren’t that crazy after all.’ Being part of INROADS has completely changed my life by opening many doors by not only providing me with internship opportunities but also scholarship opportunities,” she said.
“For nearly a decade, with the support of our partners, INROADS has been celebrating Hispanic heritage and student achievement through the Visiones event. …We are extremely proud of each of our Visiones Fellows and look forward to seeing the continued impact they will have on their careers and communities,” said INROADS President and CEO, Forest T Harper, Jr., in a statement.
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