INL News Release
April 27, 2010

Debra Kahl, 208-526-4714,
Misty Benjamin, 208-526-5940,

$3.8 million in scholarships awarded at 2010 Hispanic Youth Symposium

IDAHO FALLS — Regional colleges and universities awarded scholarships to nearly 190 students from throughout the state at the 2010 Hispanic Youth Symposium held in Sun Valley from April 23-25. Scholarships valued at more than $3.8 million were granted at the symposium, which brought some 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops. Students also participated in speech, talent, art, and athletic and interactive skill contests.

The symposium was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, contractors at Idaho National Laboratory, Gem State Diversity Initiatives, state agencies and private employers. Educational institutions awarding scholarships were: Boise State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Gonzaga University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Northwest Nazarene University, University of Idaho, University of Montana, Utah State University and Treasure Valley Community College. Several schools also offered College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarships. In addition, Gem State Diversity Initiatives (GSDI) awarded scholarships for all competitive events as well as to students showing promise -- $1,000 to seniors (Si Se Puede) and $500 to juniors (Querer Es Poder). The entire list of scholarship winners follows at the end of this news release.

The symposium targets the important themes of school dropout prevention, continuing education, taking pride in Latino culture and breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the symposium, students learn that nothing is impossible because they have the power to shape their own futures.

• Sofia Jaramillo of Boise High School was awarded the $2,500 Natalie Lupe Reyes Memorial Scholarship, given to the outstanding female student of the symposium. She also received a $32,800 scholarship to College of Idaho and a $1,000 GSDI scholarship for second place in the art competition.
• Rigoberto Zaragoza of Columbia High School was awarded the $2,500 Frank Gamboa Sanchez Memorial Scholarship, given to the outstanding male student of the symposium.

Click here for a complete list of all other winners, organized by high school.

Visit the Hispanic Youth Symposium Web site here

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