61 Scholars Honored at Mayor's Gala

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On May 21st at the Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium on the Chaffey High School Campus in Ontario, 61 2022 -2023 scholarships were presented to students from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Pomona Unified High School District and Fontana Unified High School District as well as several continuing College students. Over 600 students, parents, friends and guests attended the Gala.

In addition, 36 Scholars were recognized from the Class of 2021 since last year's Gala was cancelled due to the Pandemic.

The Program included introductions of all the Scholars on the Red Carpet by Mayor of Ontario Paul Leon that included musical numbers by the multi-talented Eddy Martin and local teen sensations Luna Beltran and Jane Marie. The Program moved into Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium where Mat Holton, Superintendent, Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools welcomed the students and guests. Mayor Paul Leon, Mat Holton and Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Chairman also provided some background on the Foundation's 23-year history of providing scholarships to the local community. Six groups of students were awarded their 2022-2023 scholarships by Esperanza Board Members and other dignitaries:  

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Chaffey High School

Marissa Aguilar, Briana Arias, Emily Barrera, Emely Gonzalez, Monserrat Marquez, Miranda Mora Casillas, Joana Rodarte, Jesse Santiago, Marco Antonio Sesar, Richard Sotelo, Michelle Urzua

Los Osos High School

Isabela Marquez

Montclair High School

Joseph Gonzales, Gabriela Jimenez-Ramirez, Timothy Yeng, Sabrina Moiraine Zepeda

Ontario High School

Angel Jose Alcaras, Gabriel Virginio Benitez, Nicole Chavez, Ramiro DeLa Torre Nava,Monique Del Real-Mena, Isabella Franquez, Nhi Giang, Doraly Paloma Gonzalez-Bravo, Getzemany Herrera, Navnit Kaur, Jacqueline Lopez, Angela Esmeralda Lugo Anderson, Angelique Marie Martinez, Jose Jesus Martinez, Juliette Montoya, Cesar StevePortillo, Daniela Ramirez-Bejar, Cindy Sanchez, Kelly Sanchez, Angel Vargas Jr.

Diamond Ranch High School

Isabel Elena Zavala-Lopez

Pomona High School                

Israel Abarca, Aracely Chavez, Melanie Alvarez, Wendy Figueroa Delgado

Fontana High School

Daisy Alvarado-Campos, Kenia Castaneda, Joel Esparza

Summit High School

Tom Lawrence Solomon

Henry J. Kaiser High School

Caitlin Charmae Porter, Isael Sanchez

A.B. Miller High School

Adriana Duran

Renewable Scholarship Program

Ever Baires-Mendoza, Justin Flores, Fatima Kamara, Lesley Zambrano, Giovanni Pacheco, Lizeth Vasquez-Berrospe

Continuing College Program

Arisbeb Campos Gonzalez. Kayla Marie Hermosillo, Getsemani Landa Santiago.Michelle Navarrete Vega, Arianna Pinedo-Raygoza, Vanessa Ramos-Paz, Kobi Uba

In between the Scholars receiving their awards, the audience was treated to several excellent performances by the following entertainers:
 

Edison International Awards $10,000 Grant to Fund STEM Scholarships

Ontario, California, July 27, 2022 -- Edison International has supported the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarships for more than 10 years and just awarded a $10,000 grant for the 2022-23 school year.

Edison International companies include Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States and a longtime leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. This grant will provide 10 students with $1,000 scholarships. Edison looks for education programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  

"We are extremely grateful to Edison International for partnering with the Foundation for more than a decade in support of STEM students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "This partnership has resulted in more than 110 scholarships."

"During the past several years STEM scholarships have become more prevalent and several major corporations specify their funding be allocated for STEM students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

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Esperanza Leadership Event held March 26th was a Success

The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars held its first online event of 2022 on March 16th.  This was the 11th Esperanza Leadership Event and first ever virtual event. There was a prestigious group of guest speakers that shared their expertise and experiences on the importance of leadership, scholarships, and education. San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre, helped kick things off with a rousing welcome to the audience. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, followed live from Sacramento with inspirational insights into his educational journey and career.  California State Senator Connie M. Leyva, representing the 20th State Senate District, provided some of her experiences as Chair of the Senate Education Committee and introduced two of the Foundation's Interns (Danyelle Jacob and Vanessa Ramos-Paz) who discussed the benefits they have received from Esperanza Scholarships.  The evening's keynote speaker, President and CEO of the California Council on Economic Education, Denise Gutierrez, delivered a rousing and emotional talk about her educational journey, highlighting the tremendous obstacles and personal tragedy she had to overcome to reach her educational goals. She also discussed her career path leading up to her present position. Denise concluded her presentation with a discussion on Human Capital and gave insights on essential life skills to prepare students for success. 

Other highlights of the event included several student testimonials regarding their Esperanza Scholarship, the Foundation's 2021 Annual Report , and a Scholarship America video.

The event was well-received and among comments received from attendees were the following: 1) "Thank you for hosting this year with an ongoing pandemic it has been hard to come back to events and this has been my first one back. I'm once again inspired to apply for the Esperanza Scholarship." 2) "The information shared was very valuable to me and also inspiring to hear from the experiences of these speakers. I appreciate that events like these can happen." 3) "Denise Gutierrez's speech was very truly inspiring. And the event content was value added to me."

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Donates $5,000 STEM Scholarship Grant

 

Ontario (May 27, 2022) - Toyota Motor North America, Inc. has awarded the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® a $5,000 grant to support STEM scholarships. Toyota Motor North America has been supporting the Foundation for more than 10 years.  

The funding will be allocated to the Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Campaign, which is just underway.  The goal is to help low-income, underserved, first generation students complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt. The grant will provide 5 $1,000 scholarships.

"Toyota Motor North America has not only awarded grants to support STEM scholarships, but has sponsored the Toyota Leadership and Mentoring Event, hosting 11 annual events at their Toyota North American Parts Center in Ontario. The Foundation has relied on its long-time donors to keep us sustainable and we are extremely grateful for Toyota's support during this difficult time," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

"Grass roots organizations like the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars rely on local community businesses for financial support. In the 2022-2023 school year the Foundation is targeting 50 scholarships for local high school seniors and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

The Great Commission Church International donates $5,000 for the Esperanza  2022 Scholarship Campaign 

Ontario (May 27, 2022) - The Great Commission Church International has donated $5,000 for the 2022 Esperanza Scholarship Campaign. They started providing donations to the Esperanza Scholarship Campaign back in 2015. "We have supported Esperanza Scholarship Foundation for the past 7 years," said Jack Wang, Intern Zone Pastor of Ontario Campus. "Our donation supports students right here in the Community we live and helps low-income, underserved, first generation students."  

"The Inland Empire is underfunded and the Foundation needs the continued support of donors like the Great Commission Church International that are willing to make long-term commitments to help sustain grassroots organizations like the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars," said the Foundation's Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

"These funds will provide for 5 $1,000 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan. "The Foundation's goal for 2022 is to award 50 scholarships and we want to thank the Great Commission Church International for their generous donation once again."

Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. Continues Tradition of Supporting Esperanza Scholars with $3,000 Donation

Ontario (May 27, 2022) - Burrtec Waste Industries prides itself on its mission statement "We'll Take Care Of It."  They have done just that for the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® with a $3,000 donation. They have been supporting the Foundation for more than 15 years.

Burrtec contributes to countless local charities and lends support, products and staff to community-based charity events from festivals to fundraisers. "By reaching out to others, we work to improve the quality of life in our communities in many ways. Serving our communities with the 'We'll Take Care Of It' attitude is a fundamental value at Burrtec. We have a rich legacy of community involvement that extends beyond the boundaries of waste collection." 

Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, said "Burrtec's support of Esperanza Scholars for more that 15 years has proven indispensable to

the Foundation through difficult times. Their generous donation will provide for three $1,000 scholarships during our 2022 Scholarship Campaign."

"We have set the bar high for our 2022 fundraising goal. This donation is another early step forward toward our goal of awarding 50 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year in support of local high school seniors and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Pepe's Towing Donates $1,500 to the 2022 Esperanza Scholarship Campaign 

Ontario (April 11, 2022) - Pepe's Towing Service has supported the Esperanza Scholarship Campaign for the past 7 years and has helped jumpstart the Esperanza Scholarship Campaign for 2022 with a $1,500 donation. "We have been sponsoring the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation since 2015," said President, Manny Acosta. "Pepe's Towing Service strives to give back to the communities we serve. We are very pleased to continue supporting the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation and help fund scholarships in our own community."

Pepe's donation will support the Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Campaign, which is just underway. The goal is to help low-income, underserved, first generation students complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt.

"Pepe's Towing Service has helped sustain the Foundation during this difficult time for nonprofit fundraising. We can count on Pepe's Towing Service every year and we are deeply grateful for their generous support," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

"There's an abundance of students with great potential that need financial support to attend college. The Foundation is here to help these students achieve their goal of attending college. The Foundation needs the continued support of companies that are willing to make a long-term commitment like Pepe's Towing Service to maintain sustainability," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Receives $5,000 Donation from Enterprise Bank & Trust  

Ontario (March 28, 2022) - Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has received a $5,000 donation from Enterprise Bank & Trust. They have been supporting the Foundation through a series of mergers since 2015.

Enterprise supports a wide variety of community engagement initiatives, including affordable housing, volunteerism, philanthropy, education, and community development.

"Community service is part of the DNA at Enterprise," says John Murillo, Senior Vice President and Los Angeles Market President. I would encourage anyone who would like to learn more to read our Community Impact Report, which can be found at www.enterprisebank.com/impact." 

"The Foundation is pleased that Enterprise Bank & Trust has continued their support of our mission. Their generous donation near the start of our 2022 Scholarship Campaign sets the bar high for others to emulate," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

"We hope others join in partnering with Esperanza as we strive to meet our fundraising goal for 2022. This donation is an early step forward toward our goal of awarding 50 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year in support of local high school seniors and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

UPDATE: Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Receives Another $5,000 Donation from Archibald's Restaurants to Help Fund Local Scholarshps

Thank you Mr. Andy Sehremelis, owner of Archibald's Drive-Thru Restaurants, for your generosity!

Mercedes-Benz of Ontario Donates $2,500 to the Esperanza Scholars 2022 Campaign

Ontario (March 25, 2022) - Mercedes-Benz of Ontario started providing donations to the Esperanza Scholarship Campaign back in 2015. They have continued their support and made a donation of $2,500 for 2022. "We have supported Esperanza Scholarship Foundation for the past 7 years," said Ted Moreno, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Ontario. "We like the fact that our donations support students right here in the Community we serve. We are also impressed with the Esperanza Scholars' high graduation rate."

The Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Campaign, which is just underway, will allocate their donation to its scholarship fund.  "The goal for 2022 is to award 50 scholarships to help low-income, underserved, first generation students complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

"With so many low-income, underserved students in the Inland Empire, the Foundation needs the continued support of companies like Mercedes-Benz of Ontario that are willing to help sustain grassroots organizations like the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars," said the Foundation's Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

Ted MorenoGeneral Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Ontario

Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. donates $5,000 to Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Campaign for 2022 Scholarships

Ontario (March 22, 2022) - Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. has helped jumpstart the Esperanza Scholarship Campaign for 2022 with a $5,000 donation. "We have been sponsoring the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation since 2015," said President & CEO, Dayne Brassard. "Tilden-Coil's purpose is to serve by shaping futures. This includes not only serving our clients, but also the communities we serve in. We are proud to support the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation and help shape the futures of students as they continue their education."

The funding will be allocated to the Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Campaign, which is just underway.  The goal is to help low-income, underserved, first generation students complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt. The donation will provide 5 $1,000 scholarships.

"Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc. has been a key donor during this difficult time for nonprofit fundraising. The Foundation relies on such donors to keep us sustainable and we are excited that Tilden-Coil has continued its support once again," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

"The Foundation is endeavoring to meet the demand of a growing base of exceptional students that want to attend college but need financial support to do so. The Foundation needs the continued support of companies that are willing to make a long-term commitment like Tilden-Coil to maintain sustainability," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Orange Coast Title Company donates $1,500 to Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars 2022 Campaign

Ontario (March 19, 2022) - The Orange Coast Title Company started supporting the Esperanza Scholarship Campaign back in 2005, just a few years after the Foundation was organized as a Dollars for Scholars Chapter and affiliate of Scholarship America. They have continued their support since then and have made a donation of $1,500 for 2022. "We have been supporting the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation for over 15 years," said Mike Marconi, COO/Executive Vice President of Orange Coast Title Company. "We've been impressed with the work they do supporting low-income, underserved students with a high potential for success."

The funding will be allocated to the Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Campaign, which is just underway.  The goal is to help low-income, underserved, first generation students complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt.  

"The Orange Coast Title Company is one of the Foundation's long-term sponsors, especially during this difficult time when the Pandemic hit businesses so hard. We are grateful that Orange Coast Title Company has continued its tradition of supporting the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

"With so many low-income, underserved students in the Inland Empire, the Foundation needs the continued support of companies that are willing to help sustain grassroots organizations like the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Receives $1,500 Donation from The Lewis Group of Companies

Ontario (March 15, 2022) - Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has received a $1,500 donation from Mr. Randall Lewis, Senior Executive Vice President - Marketing, The Lewis Group of Companies. They have been supporting the Foundation since 2008. The Lewis Group of Companies has a wide range of philanthropic interests and has supported many nonprofits in the Inland Empire.  

 

The funding will be allocated to the Foundation's 2022 Scholarship Campaign, which is just underway.  The goal is to help low-income, underserved, first generation students complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt.

 

"The Lewis Group of Companies has been generously supporting the Foundation for well over a decade. During the Pandemic, the Foundation relied on its long-time donors to keep us sustainable. We can always count on The Lewis Group of Companies to come through," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza.

 

"This donation is an early step forward toward or goal of awarding 50 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year in support of local high school seniors and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Randall Lewis, Senior Executive Vice President - Marketing, The Lewis Group of Companies

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Receives $5,000 Donation from Archibald's Restaurants to Help Fund Local Scholarshps

Ontario (February 28, 2022) - Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has received a $5,000 donation from Mr. Andy Sehremelis, owner of Archibald's Drive-Thru Restaurants with locations in Ontario, Victorville, Chino Hills, Long Beach, and Menifee. Archibald's has been supporting the Foundation since 2016. As a family establishment, Archibald's knows how important it is to support the communities they serve. Through sponsorships, donations, and fundraising programs, last year Archibald's Restaurant donated over $70,000 to fundraisers, sports teams, local programs and more.

The grant will provide 5 students with $1,000 scholarships. The goal is to help students with financial need to complete their degree or program with a reduced level of debt.  

"We are very pleased to receive this donation from Archibald's Restaurants," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "This is a great way to start our 2022 Scholarship Campaign; we need more of the same if we are to increase the number of scholarships awarded in 2022, which has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."

"We plan to award 50 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year in support of local high school seniors and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Presentation of Archibald's Restaurants $5,000 donation to Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars

L to R: Board Members Tom Burciaga, BarBara Chavez, Alex Espinoza; Andy Sehremelis, owner of Archibald's Drive-Thru Restaurants; Board Member Lorena Corona; Mayor of Ontario, Paul Leon, Board Member Tony Arellano

 

New Graduation Data About the Class of 2014

52% Graduated with Bachelor's Degree - a Great Investment in Our Community

Ontario, California, September 11, 2020 -- Last year the Foundation reported on the graduation rate for 2013 as many donors have asked if our Scholarship recipients have completed their coursework and what the graduation rate is for the recipients. The Foundation recently completed an extensive review of the 65 Scholars that graduated from High School in 2014 and we are pleased to present the following results:

  • Scholarships Awarded = 65 (100%)
  • Students Not Located = 23 (35%)
  • Number of Bachelor's Degrees Received = 34 (52%)
  • Number of Bachelor's with Master's Degrees = 0 (0%)
  • Number pursuing Master's Degrees=4 (6%)
  • Number still pursuing AA or Bachelor's = 0 (0%)
  • Number of pursuing PhD = 1 (1%)
  • Number that attended but no additional info available = 8 (12%)
  • Grand Total Receiving Bachelor's Degrees = 34 (52%)

The National graduation rate is about 60%. However, we are unable to access school records as privacy regulations make it impossible to locate some students including those that may have had name changes. If we look at the total graduation rate of the students we located, we get a resounding 81% graduation rate. Congratulations Class of 2014!

 

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