Scholarship Recipient Update: Luis

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“I am very thankful for the support that Ladies of the Empire has offered me… About my experience this academic year:
I was accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I attended their orientation and really wanted to study under their Aerospace department. About a month later, I received more great news; I was also accepted at UC Berkeley! I was really excited and thankful for such an amazing opportunity. Despite not having an Aerospace department, I chose Berkeley as my final decision because I wanted to challenge myself. I decided to major in Mechanical Engineering, as it is the major that is most similar to Aerospace Engineering. Last semester was academically challenging yet very memorable. Despite struggling through all of my classes, I reminded myself of the reason why I came here and the impact that this University will have in my future. I was able to pass all of my classes and maintain a 3.4 GPA. This semester is a little more challenging, but I will not give up. Aside from the engineering classes, I am also taking a class to help me reach another of my dreams, to become a pilot. The class I am taking helps me prepare for the written component of the private pilot’s exam. I hope to receive my private pilot’s license by the time I graduate.
The biggest difficulty I am encountering is the commute. I believe that the daily two-hour round-trip commute from Fremont to Berkeley has had an impact on my grades. I often stay studying on campus with my friends until I can take the last Bart train which comes a little past midnight. Once I get home, I sometimes stay up studying until 3 in the morning. I have tried studying while on Bart, but i find the noise and motion very distracting so I try to catch on some sleep. I initially wanted to ask my family if we could move closer to Berkeley but I realized that it was best if we stayed in Fremont since my mother and brother are both attending the same community college. I am currently applying for scholarships so that I can reside on campus.
I also noticed that the books, and course materials required at the University is considerably more expensive. I am very thankful for the generous financial support that the Ladies of the Empire has offered me. I was able to purchase books, online course products, and materials required for class projects for the whole year! The Ladies of the Empires definitely made an impact in my academic life, specially this semester. I am taking a project class and my team and I hope to break the world’s record for fastest Rubik’s cube solved. We are programming and building a structure from scratch to solve the Rubik’s cube after 10 repetitions in an average time of less than 0.5 seconds. The desired outcome of our project requires that we invest time and money into it.
Again, I really appreciate the support that Ladies of the Empire have given me.
Thank You.”
Luis Mendez
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“Thank you so much for your email and for checking in. I appreciate all that Ladies of the Empire [have] given me. I’ve been doing fairly well – I am currently taking Culture and Politics, Pacific World, Advanced Transatlantic Spanish, and Disability and the Arts. I just declared my major in Culture and Politics.

My proudest achievement to date is the creation of the Off-Campus Therapy Stipend, which subsidizes mental health care for students with need. At Georgetown University, students who need mental health therapy can receive up to one or two semesters’ worth of care. Students who need prolonged intensive care are referred to external services in the DC area. Although all students have health insurance, the exorbitant costs of off-campus support often hinder a student’s ability to seek out care, which is why this program is so essential. This past January, the university received a $10,000 donation for this cause and pledged to begin supporting students for this Spring semester.

In order to continue expanding the program during the 2018-2019 school year, we are seeking donations via SaxaFund, Georgetown’s student-driven crowdfunding platform. Our goal is to raise $4,000 by March 28, 2018, which would cover the costs of off-campus mental health support for an additional seven Georgetown students during the fall semester.

If you would also like to learn more about the project, please visit our page and consider donating or circulating it amongst potential donors. It would make a huge difference in the lives of Hoyas who, until now, have not been able to reach their full potential due to financial barriers.

Thank you for your support.”
Kenna
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“Good afternoon … I am so happy to hear back from the Ladies of the Empire! I really appreciate all the support and love from this amazing community. The scholarship has helped me so much in my transition from Ohlone College to UC Berkeley with textbook and housing costs. I am able to work less and focus more on my studies.
My first semester at Cal was challenging but rewarding as I have met many amazing individuals and got involved with various activities and student organizations on campus, as well as finished strong in all my courses with a 3.67 gpa.  I was recently selected to become an ambassador for UC Berkeley for the University of California Global Health Institute for Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment in which I am helping raise awareness of global health and women’s rights issues on my campus.
My brother, Giovanni is following my path in attending Ohlone College and plans to transfer to a UC campus to study business. My younger brother, Josue, is still playing football for the Milpitas Trojans and is in his sophomore year. My family are all very proud of my accomplishments and their love is what is helping me stay focused on my studies and continuing to excel.
I once again am so grateful for all the LOTE has helped me with. I would love to be a part of the LOTE community by giving back or volunteering in events that you all will hold. Please let me know how I can contribute and give back to the LOTE family.
Thank you!”
– Georgina
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Ladies of the Empire is hosting a raffle to raise money to send deserving individuals to college! 

Raffle Prize:

  • Two (2) Tickets to the October 22, 2017 Niner/Dallas game at Levi’s Stadium at 1:05PM PST.  The tickets are located in section 146, row 19, seats 9 and 10
  • Two (2) Round trip airline tickets to San Jose, CA from anywhere in the continental United States.  The airline will be Alaska or Southwest and may require multiple connections.  Another airline will be selected ONLY if Alaska and Southwest are not available
  • Three (3) Days, Two (2) Nights hotel accommodations at The Embassy Suites in Milpitas.  Check-in, October 21, 2017, Check-out, October 23, 2017

To purchase your tickets and to view the official rules and terms, click here.

 

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On May 25, 2017, Ladies of the Empire attended Ohlone College’s Scholarship Awards Reception where 117 students received over $230,000 in scholarship money, with LOTE at the forefront, giving a scholarship to a new student, a transferring student and a continuing student.    

LOTE proudly met the recipients that we selected.  Each of them subtlety demonstrating the very reason why we selected them.  Luis being the first in his family to go to college, was joined by his proud mother Olivia.  Samir who embodies the entrepreneurial spirit informed us he’ll be going to school over the summer and Megan, an activist majoring in Anthropology, expressed her deep gratitude to LOTE and its donors in a kind and authentic way.

Additionally, 2017 is Ohlone’s 50th anniversary.  To celebrate, they awarded 50 full-ride scholarships, meaning 2 years of tuition, books and fees are entirely paid, to deserving students from local high schools.  Ladies of the Empire was proud to sponsor 5 of those students, all who graduated from Washington High School and plan to attend Ohlone College in the fall.

Our recipients want to send a message to our donors, thanking each of you from the bottom of their hearts for supporting their dreams of going to college.  LOTE knows these scholarships transform the lives of the recipients; we also thank you for your continued support and donations.

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Join the Ladies of the Empire for the Watermark Conference for Women! Watermark is a community of executive women in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission is to increase the representation of women at executive levels to drive innovation, human development and economic growth. The Watermark vision is to ensure women are able to make their mark in and for their companies, their careers and their communities by providing programs focused on connection, development and advocacy.

For more information on conference and some of the speakers, visit https://www.watermarkconferenceforwomen.org/.

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We love to hear from our youth that they are doing well! 

“Hi everyone I just wanted to say that I’m very thankful for all the support you guys have given me. I couldn’t have made it through my first year of college without you guys. So far everything is going great at Chico State getting to know more people and friends along the way. My grades are good as well getting A’s and a couple B’S. I’m excited for next year and the years to come. It won’t be easy but I know I can make it through! Thank you once again and as always go Wildcats!!” 

– Ramiro
We are extremely proud of Ramiro and his achievements! GO RAMIRO! 
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We are committed to making a positive impact on the overachieving underserved youth and women of our community through education, support, and hard work.

Download Our Scholarship Application Today!

If you are or know of any deserving youth in need of financial support for school, simply fill in the form below, verify your email address
and you’ll be sent a link to download our scholarship application.
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