Youth Program Graduating Seniors Receive LAA College Scholarships

Cross Keys High School seniors Daniela Ramírez and Salvador Martínez, who have participated in the LAA’s year-round program for Latino youth since middle school, each received a $2,500 college scholarship at the 28th Annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon. The scholarships are funded by Castan & Lecca Attorneys at Law.

Martínez will attend Mercer University in the fall to study chemistry or biology. He wants to be a pharmacist. He then plans on attending graduate school to get a Pharm.D degree, the equivalent of a Ph.D. for pharmacists.

“The Latin American Association has provided me with life-changing opportunities, ranging from college campus visits, mentorship, education and a network of professional contacts in all sorts of industries,”

said Martínez.

Ramírez said she has known about the LAA since the third grade, when she used to come with her mother at the end of the summer to get school supplies. She is a Posse Foundation scholar and will attend The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a full-tuition scholarship. She wants to study political science and minor in sociology.

“Thanks to this new LAA scholarship, I no longer have to worry about paying for my college textbooks and transportation,” Ramírez said. “The LAA scholarship brought me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a human rights advocate for the United Nations one day, where I will travel the world speaking up for those whose human rights have been violated. I will take with me the passion for helping others that the LAA passed on to me.”