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Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Announces 2021 Scholarship Awards

Ontario, California, August 11, 2021 -- The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars awarded 42 Scholarships to students in the Chaffey Joint Union High School and Fontana Unified School Districts, including 4 recipients of the new Renewable Scholarship Program that just completed their freshman year.  The Renewable Scholarship Program provides financial assistance in the sophomore, junior and senior years plus matching grants from our Partner Colleges. The Program is designed to increase the graduation rate and reduce student debt.

This new group of scholarship recipients will be attending colleges and universities across the country including Harvard, Virginia Tech, plus local schools including Cal Poly Pomona, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCI, University of La Verne, and Cal State University, San Bernardino. Most of the scholarship recipients are the first in their families to attend college. 

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients are as follows:

2021 ESFDFS Scholarship Recipients

Chaffey High School

Chidimma Adinna

Joei Cabbell

Rosely Casas-Villegas

Marissa Garcia


Etiwanda High School

Darren Domond

James Cardoza


Fontana High School     

Victor Campos

Natalie Garcia

Kayla Hermosillo

Guadalupe Hernandez

Fatima Kamara

Michelle Navarrete Vega

Ernesto Sanchez


Henry J. Kaiser High School

Gissella Baldovinos

Joy Eguabor

Joshua Furgerson

Sonia Heyer

Getsemani Landa Santiago

Vanessa Ojeikere

Timothy Rodriguez


Montclair High School  

Justin Flores


Ontario High School

Yareli Anaya

Jasmin Avila

Daniela Balvaneda

Karen Barcenas

Laura De La Torre-Nava

Mariejoy Dela Cruz

Maxine Fernandez

Juselyn Lopez-Garfias

Carol Medrano

Arianna Pinedo-Raygoza

Aylin Renteria

Jocelyn Silva

Queenie Ta

Kobi Uba

Lesley Zambrano


Rancho Cucamonga High School

Natasha Kasozi

Dhani Scott


Renewable Scholarships

Lesley Zambrano, University of La Verne

Lizeth Vasquez-Berrospe, CSUSB

Giovanni Pacheco, CSUSB

Yulianna Elen Parra, CSUSB


"We are very pleased that we have been able to award over 40 scholarships this year, especially during this difficult time; thanks to all of our generous donors and good luck to all of our recipients," said Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman.

2021 Fundraising Campaign: There's Still Time to Support Students In Need of Financial Support

IME-BECAS Awards $5,000 Grant to Esperanza Scholarship Foundation

Ontario, California, August 8, 2021-- On July 9, 2021, ESFDFS President Sylvia Olsan accepted an IME-Becas $5,000 grant award which will be utilized for Hispanic students that were recently awarded scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition, Board Members Lorena Corona and Barry Olsan also attended

the ceremony which was held at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino. Several other non-profit organizations also received grant awards. 

IME (Institute for Mexicans Abroad) Scholarships (Becas in Spanish) is a program of the Government of Mexico that seeks to expand educational opportunities for Mexicans abroad and is aimed at students with low economic resources who attend basic, university and technological education. This the second year that ESFDFS has received this grant.

The IME Scholarship Program helps Mexicans in the United States integrate and contribute in a better way in the society where they live and to their places of origin in Mexico through academic and professional development.

Mexican Consulate Awards $5,000 IME-Becas Scholarship Grant to Sylvia Olsan,

President, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars on July 9, 2021

Niagara Cares® Awards $5,000 Scholarship Grant

Ontario, California, June 17 2021 -- Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Niagara Cares®, the local non-profit grant program that supports community initiatives related to children's education, health and wellness in areas where Niagara Bottling facilities are located. Through Niagara Cares, Niagara Bottling is committed to supporting local and national charitable organizations and programs by engaging stakeholders, volunteering in the community and investing its resources to support vulnerable children and their families.

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 that Niagara Cares continues to support our local students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "This grant will provide for badly needed financial support for low-income students in the Inland Empire."

"We are awarding more than 40 scholarships for the 2021-22 school year in support of local high school graduates and continuing college students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Congratulations Esperanza Scholars 2021 College Graduates

Once again, it's that special time of the year when graduations are taking place all over our Country. Many of our Esperanza Scholars that received Scholarships in 2017 and earlier have completed their Bachelor's Degree requirements and have or will be participating in graduation exercises at their schools or online. The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors is thrilled by your achievement and wishes you the very best in the future whether you continue with your education toward a Master's Degree or PhD or enter the workforce to start a rewarding career in your chosen field.

One such Esperanza Scholar is Carla P. Castillo Arcos, an International Business Major that just graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Carla posted the following message on LinkedIn and it exemplifies the struggles and sacrifices the vast majority of our Scholars make to complete their college education--Congratulations Carla:

During my first 2 years at Cal Poly, I often had to choose between buying my train pass to get to school or having a meal. I always worried my parents would be deported before they got to see me graduate, but life showed me mercy this week. Without the help of scholarship organizations such as TELACU College Success Program, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars, and Cal Poly Pomona Undocumented Student Services, I would not have been able to take on leadership positions and walk the stage to receive my diploma with my family beside me.

Less than 5% of undocumented students across the nation graduate from college and I am honored and fortunate enough to have been able to participate in the advocacy at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona for a more equitable, inclusive, and empowering experience for my undocu community.

A big thank you to Mecir Ureta, Nicole L. Butts, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP, Leslie Montes Lucano, Alejandro Covarrubias, Elda S. Rosales, Esq., and Esmeralda Suarez, Lucy Yu, and Manshaan Singh Dhir in spearheading initiatives that have impacted our undocumented students' success. Words are not enough to express my gratitude and I am forever thankful for your support.

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Receives $10,000 Grant from Edison International to Fund STEM Scholarships

Ontario, California, May 19, 2021 -- Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Edison International. Their 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. Edison International has supported Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarships for more than 10 years.

This grant will provide 10 students with $1,000 scholarships. Edison looks for education programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in middle school, high school, and college levels, including tutoring, scholarships, and college-access programs.

"We are thankful that this long-term partnership with Edison International has continued to thrive during the Pandemic in support of STEM students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "Our partnership with Edison International has lasted more than a decade and has resulted in more than 100 scholarships."

"STEM scholarships have become an integral part of the Foundation's program; several major corporations specify their funding be allocated for STEM students," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.

Scholarships Available for Inland Empire College Bound Students

Daily Bulletin, Ontario, February 26, 2021 -- The Inland Empire Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications from local college-bound students pursuing higher education during the 2021-2022 school year.

Last year, Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) awarded over $4 million in scholarships and educational support. Deadlines for this year's opportunities are fast approaching. Each scholarship has its own application deadline, and these dates range from March 19 through May 3.

See a list of other Scholarship opportunities on the Students and Parent section.

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!

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® Receives $10,000 Grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation

Ontario, California, July 30, 2020 -- Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars® has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF). This grant will support a Strategic Partnering Development Project in the areas of Fundraising Training, Marketing and Communications Development.

The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars is comprised of an all-volunteer Board of Directors and a group of College Interns. In order to compete for the resources necessary to sustain and increase the donations necessary to meet the needs of the under-represented, low-income and high-performing students the Foundation serves, our volunteer staff must be able to utilize industry best practices.

"This grant will enable our Board Members and Interns to develop additional expertise that will take us to the next level as we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars Chairman, Alex Espinoza. "We are extremely appreciative of the support provided by the Inland Empire Community Foundation."

"A vast majority of the donations we receive are transferred directly to Colleges and Universities our Scholarship recipients are attending. Training provided by Industry experts is an important component that will allow us to implement best practices," said Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars President, Sylvia Leyva Olsan.



Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars and 

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation 2020 Sponsors

Promise Scholars and Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Announce New Partnership

Ontario-Montclair, CA - Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars and Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars have joined forces to launch a new partnership to support students on their path to a college degree.  The Esperanza Foundation is providing $30,000 in scholarships to the Promise Scholars class of 2020. The new scholarship program is called the Promise Scholars Esperanza Opportunity Scholarship and will provide $1,000 scholarships to 30 students attending partner colleges in the region with the goal to have students persist and graduate from college, participate in an internship, and then start their careers in the region.

"This is an amazing partnership that will be a model for other communities to emulate to stimulate higher education achievement," said Alex Espinoza, Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Chairman.

The Esperanza Scholarship Foundation was founded 19 years ago and advocates for closing the educational achievement gap for all students, as measured by high school completion and college attendance rates. "Esperanza" in Spanish means "hope." Esperanza is the organization's spirit and driving force. It is also the name of the mother of one of the founders, who attributes his success to her parental guidance in his early educational development.  She represents the aspirations of great numbers of parents for their children's success.

"I am very pleased about this new partnership with the Esperanza Foundation. It will strengthen Promise Scholars' ability to serve even more of our students as they attend local partner colleges and help us stay connected to them so they can come back and serve as role models for our younger students," according to Dr. James Q. Hammond, Ontario-Montclair School District Superintendent.

Promise Scholars was founded in 2011 by the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) and Chaffey Joint Union High School District in partnership with Chaffey College and CSU San Bernardino.  The goal was to increase college enrollment and success.  This effort starts in Kindergarten at all 32 OMSD elementary and middle schools and then continues as the students attend Chaffey, Montclair and Ontario High Schools. Two other core partners are the City of Ontario and Inland Empire United Way.  Last year Promise Scholars served over 12,000 K-12 and college students in Ontario and Montclair.

"These scholarships reflect the commitment of community members and organizations to our students and their futures, we are grateful for the dedication of the Esperanza Foundation to our students," said Dr. Chris Hollister, Chaffey Joint Union High School District Assistant Superintendent.

The new Promise Scholars Esperanza Opportunity Scholarship has a unique approach to provide a clearer path to college for all students.  Applying to college is a complicated process, so Promise Scholars created a program that guides students through a series of steps. This Promise Scholars Esperanza Opportunity Scholarship program doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards an Ontario-Montclair student on their effort and initiative as they complete key steps along their path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.

"The Promise Scholars board of directors is looking forward to working with the Esperanza Foundation to reach even more students in need in the community. We believe that unlocking the potential of our community relies on unlocking the potential of all our children. A big thank you goes to Mr. Espinoza and Mayor Leon for making this possible," said Kristine Scott, Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation President.

ESFDFS Fundraising Campaign for 2020 Underway

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars has a lofty goal of serving as many deserving scholars in our local community as possible. We are totally dependent on Corporations, Foundations and Individual Donors to step up and support students right here in the cities we serve. "In 1958, an optometrist in Fall River, Mass., Dr. Irving Fradkin, had a simple but profound idea: if everyone in his community gave just a dollar to a scholarship fund, it would be enough to help every student in the community attend college. It worked - and now Scholarship America/Dollars for Scholars is the nation's largest nonprofit, private scholarship organization." 

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars, which is one of hundreds of Chapters under the Scholarship America umbrella, has awarded over 1,000 Scholarships and raised close to $1.4 million. But as we all know, times have changed since 1958 and the cost of a College education has risen significantly. So, we ask that you open your hearts and help us reach that lofty goal that will make many more dreams of attending College a reality.

To help scholars in our own Community on their path to success, make your gift today. Go to the Donate Now page to make your contribution.

2020 Toyota Leadership and Mentoring Event

Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars held its first event of 2020 on January 31st-- the Toyota Student Leadership and Mentoring Event. It was a huge success with over 125 scholarship recipients, their parents and friends plus 14 Table Mentors and our outstanding Keynote Speaker, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre. This year we completely changed the way we structured our program to better benefit both college seniors and graduating high school seniors. We had a wide variety of guest Table Mentors that shared their college and career experiences with ESFDFS alumni scholars and  Promise Scholars high school student recipients about how to maximize their college experience and what to prepare for once they are ready for the workforce

2020 Scholarship Applications are Closed

Family and Friends Celebrate with Scholarship Recipients at 2019 Mayor's Gala--Application submissions are closed for 2020.

"Great futures are grown from the seeds of opportunity."