HOLLAND – The latest cohort of Promise Scholars for Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area has been announced.
Ten local students with high financial need and demonstrated academic success were awarded a 2021 Holland / Zeeland Promise scholarship.
The award is a last dollar scholarship, meaning it covers remaining tuition, books, accommodation, and meals after other grants and scholarships have been applied.
The scholarship recipients include four recent graduates from Holland High School and six from West Ottawa High School.
Jennifer Dao (West Ottawa) will be studying at Grand Valley State University to earn a degree in accounting. Ricardo Flores (West Ottawa) plans to attend Michigan State to study computer science.
“With this scholarship, I will be the first generation to attend university and achieve my goal of becoming a software engineer,” said Flores. “I am very fortunate to be part of such a generous, diverse and kind community that believes everyone should be successful.”
Alexis Fuentes (West Ottawa) will study in the State of Michigan and obtain a degree in management. Steve Nguyen (Holland) will study computer science at the University of Michigan.
Destinee Phasoukvong (Holland) plans to study the pathology of pre-speech language at Hope College. Fredy Rincon Pérez (West Ottawa) will be studying accounting at Hope College.
“Words cannot explain how incredibly grateful I am,” Phasoukvong said. “Allowing me to continue my education without worrying about my financial situation will allow me to focus only on school.”
Ebony Roach (West Ottawa) will be attending the University of Michigan and is currently undecided on a major. Jacqueline Roman (West Ottawa) will attend Central Michigan University to study French and Communication Sciences and Disorders.
“I am happy and grateful to be recognized as a recipient of this scholarship,” said Roman. “This is a huge motivation to keep moving forward and helping other students achieve their goals as well. “
After:Ebony Roach named Young of the Year 2020
After:Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area awards $ 176,880 in community stabilization grants
After:Community Foundation of Holland / Zeeland awards $ 60,000 in racial equity grants
Angel Ruiz (Holland) will study chemistry and biology at Kalamazoo College. Selena Vazquez (Holland) will go to Hope College to get a degree in English.
“Receiving this scholarship is an absolute dream come true,” said Vazquez. “I am very grateful to the donors who support the education of the next generation. It inspires me. “
The Holland / Zeeland Promise was established in 2010 by a group of businesses and community leaders. It has been hosted at CFHZ since its creation. The scholarship is renewable for additional undergraduate years as long as the student remains in good standing.
The 2021 cohort joins 33 returning recipients who are on track to graduate. Students who win the scholarship have a 96% graduation rate so far.
For more information, visit CFHZ.org.