We are proud to announce that Valerie Chavez has won our 2014 LatPro Scholarship award.
Valerie’s essay was inspirational and beautifully written. She aspires «to provide people with the necessary healthcare, comfort, and compassion that every human being deserves» and hopes to contribute to impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic–her mother’s native country–by providing free health care. Valerie is now majoring in Nursing at the University of Missouri where she is studying to fulfill her dream of assisting people and saving lives, which was inspired by her mother. She writes, «Knowing very little English, my pregnant mother decided to move to the United States so she could provide a better life for my older brother, and eventually me as well.»
Her intelligence, selflessness, and obvious drive will no doubt allow her success in her chosen career as a nurse and her long term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner
The seven finalists – Tifany Rodriguez, Patrick Mullen, Rochelle Valverde, Teresa Calves, Edwin Giraldo, Valerie Chavez and Manuel Julio Esteves – were selected from thousands of other applicants for their dedication to learning, desire to make a positive impact on the world, and how their incredible stories have helped mold their future career paths. Choosing one winner was an incredibly difficult decision considering the exceptional student applicants and quality of their essays.
We want to thank our site visitors and all who voted to help us select a winner. The support shown through positive comments left for these students affirms both their career paths and the wonderful impact they already have on the lives of others.