Join our annual celebration!

Please register to view the virtual event by using this link: http://bit.ly/LatinoSF2021. It only takes a minute.

At the 30th Annual Latino Scholarship Fund of Western Massachusetts’ Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 PM we will honor 13 college-bound students, along with two community leaders, at our virtual event, which is free and open to the public.
The event will be moderated by Verónica García, host of the new Univisión program “Viviendo Sin Límites,” and former producer and host of the WGBY Latino television show “Presencia.” The event also features a keynote from Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, former Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and current Distinguished Fellow at Mount Holyoke College, followed by a Question and Answer session moderated by García. The celebration will also include contributions and performances by internationally-recognized artists Yolandita Monge, Olga Tañón, poet Martin Espada, and local young cuatro player, Christian Santiago, as well as special messages from U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Massachusetts State Senator Adam Gómez. 


A Scholarship Fund Rooted in Latinx Pride

Thirty-three years ago, a group of teachers and friends sat around a kitchen table feeling frustrated. In their view, Latinx students—mostly from Holyoke—were not receiving enough scholarship support to pursue college educations.

They doubled down and launched the Latino Scholarship Fund, now hosted at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The Fund has since delivered for local Latinx students, according to the Fund’s board president, Myriam Quiñones.

She credits steady donations, a lawsuit that amplified the students’ educational needs, a signature annual fundraising event, the Community Foundation’s stewardship, and a laser focus Latinx students’ unique strengths and challenges.

2019 scholarship recipient Nashali Pagan addresses the audience (photo by Holyoke Media)
2019 scholarship recipient Nashali Pagan addresses the audience (photo by Holyoke Media)

The Fund’s organizers count hundreds of students across Western Massachusetts, many from Holyoke, who have benefitted from the scholarship fund since 1988. (Each year, six scholarships are earmarked for Holyoke college-bound residents.) In 2020, 12 students received $1,500 scholarships toward their college expenses. Six volunteers, mostly educators, review the applications each year.

Quiñones said, “For more than five decades, Holyoke and Springfield have been the hub for Latino communities—especially Puerto Ricans—in Western Massachusetts. They come here and live, work, and raise their families. And so that’s three or four generations living and working and contributing to the area, now rich in Latino culture.”

It’s not surprising that Quiñones describes the Latino Scholarship Fund’s annual fundraising banquet as a celebration and a social event—with Latinx community pride at its core.

Friends, colleagues, scholarship awardees, and former scholarship recipients gather, eat, and tell stories, all to “keep rooted and maintain our promise to support Latinx students,” she said. “We celebrate the students that receive scholarships from the Fund each year and honor folks who have contributed to the betterment of our Latinx students and the community.”

Myriam Quiñones (at left) and Jossie Valentín, the 2019 Carlos Vega Community Champion awardee (photo via Jossie Valentín)
Myriam Quiñones (at left) and Jossie Valentín, the 2019 Carlos Vega Community Champion awardee (photo via Jossie Valentín)

Two awards are presented annually at the dinner. One is the Carlos Vega Community Champion Award, which honors people who contribute leadership and service to the Latinx community. Quiñones is a 2008 recipient. Another, the Antonia Pantoja Award, honors people who contribute to the Latinx community through research and education.

Quiñones says, “The most beautiful moment of the whole celebration is listening to the scholars’ speeches. Those are the ones that warm your heart. They’re raw, emotional, and deep. It’s breathtaking.”

The Scholarship Fund continues to evolve, layering supports onto financial aid.

Quiñones reports, “We’ve started workshops for scholars on how to prepare—what they need to do to be successful in the process from being accepted to entering college. And we want to continue to follow those students and their stories and to have them come back and serve their communities as board members or as friends of the Fund in one way or another.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scholarship Fund annual celebration was hosted online in 2020 and will be held virtually again in 2021. Ticket information for the June 22 event will be available at eventbrite.com. Learn more about the Community Foundation’s scholarship program.



LSF Scholarship Banquet

29th Annual Celebration

The LATINO SCHOLARSHIP FUND
cordially invites you to its annual dinner in
honor of individuals who have inspired
the Latino community and students
who will become our future leaders

 

Ticket: $60 per person

Table: $500 per table of 10


28th Annual Celebration

Honorees
Antonia Pantoja Award for Distinguished Achievement
Angel Nieto
Educator, Social Activist, Poet

Carlos Vega
Community Champion
Jossie Valentin
Holyoke City Councilor

and

Anna Rigali
Guidance Counselor and Student Advocate

Local 2019 high school graduates will be awarded Latino Scholarship Fund scholarships

Tickets to the event are available for $65.00
Please make checks payable to:
Latino Scholarship Fund
P.0. Box 6706, Holyoke MA 01041-6706

E-mail: info@latinoscholarshipwesternmass.org





2017 Scholarship Dinner

That time is here again. You are invited to join us in saying, “SI SE PUEDE!”

“…It basically started at my kitchen table in 1989… At that time, back in the late 80s, I felt that there was a very unfair distribution of funds for minority students and that didn’t sit well with me…”

-Gloria Caballer-Arce, Ph.D

Today, ‘The Latino Scholarship Fund (LSF)’ is dedicated to encouraging Latino academic achievement, by awarding scholarships for students to pursue higher education. The LSF has been awarding college scholarships to Latino students in Holyoke and surrounding communities in Western Massachusetts for over 25 years.

The LATINO SCHOLARSHIP FUND cordially invites you to its annual dinner and celebration in honor of those who have inspired the Latino community, and those who will become our future leaders.

Please join us at the
LATINO SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BANQUET,
TUESDAY MAY 23d., 6pm

Tickets: $65
Table of 10 $600

For more information please contact Maddie Marquez at mmarquez@hampshire.edu

Become a friend of the LSF today! Your tax deductible contribution can be made to:
Latino Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 6706 Holyoke, Ma 01041

Or: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1343116

LSF BOARD MEMBERS
Jay Breines-Teresita Castaño – Tom Hidalgo – Maddie Marquez – Doris Ortiz – Wilma Ortiz-Marrero – Lucy Perez – Myriam Quiñones – Arlene Rodriguez – David Valade

Expect updated information about tickets and web page.

We hope to see you on May 23d. Muchas gracias!