Kevin Santana of Florida International University, a first-generation college student, was one of nine students to win the $5,000 Café del Futuro Scholarship, funded by Café Bustelo and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
Students were required to submit essays about how their Latino heritage inspired them to succeed and give back. Santana’s essay discussed how he overcame financial obstacles with his family after leaving the Dominican Republic in search of better opportunities.
Santana is completing his bachelor’s degree in business and plans to be an immigration lawyer.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL
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Several Christopher Columbus High School students were recognized as semifinalists or honorable mentions for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition. Students are selected based on their preliminary SAT scores during their junior year.
Semifinalists included Jorge Raad and Jonathan Aguiar.
Honorable mentions included Pietro Palazzolo-Russo, Andres Aguirre, Kevin Fuentes, Fernando Perez, Matthew Taylor, Austin Delgado, Jose Martinez, Alexis Gomez, Kevin Nodarse, Jacob Reis, Gabriel Figueredo and David Sanchez.
TERRA ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Angelique Archer, an alumna of Miami-Dade County’s TERRA Environmental Research Institute, recently started as a freshman at Hamilton College, a residential liberal arts college in New York.
Archer was selected out of 5,230 applicants to join a class of 475 students.
WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP
All high school senior athletes are eligible to apply for Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship. The scholarship program will recognize more than 5,000 student-athletes from the class of 2017 that served as role models on and off the field.
The first 1,000 students to apply will receive a $10 Wendy’s gift card. The application deadline is Oct. 3. For information or to apply, visit www.WendysHighSchoolHeisman.com.
BIG RED AND HACU SCHOLARSHIP
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Big Red, an American red soda company, have partnered to award five $1,000 scholarships to support students that attend an HACU-member college or university during the 2017-18 school year.
The application will open in January 2017. To sign up for information or for a list of member-schools, visit www.bigred.com/scholarship.
2016 STATE OF DISTRICT TWO ADDRESS
Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade County School Board vice chair, will host the 2016 State of District Two Address at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School, 10151 N.W. 19 Ave., in Miami.
The address will provide parents, administrators, and the community with updates from the school board. The address is open to the community. For information, call 305-995-2311 or email District2@dadeschools.net.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Miami-Dade County Public Schools will open enrollment for district-wide magnet programs on Saturday.
Parents and students can choose from new programs created for the 2016-17 school year, like robotics, biomedical, forensic science, coding, cybersecurity, visual arts, and medical health sciences.
The application deadline is Jan. 15. For information, call 305-995-1922 or visit yourchoicemiami.org/.