LULAC Lambda Awards Two Scholarships
to DC Area LGBTQ Latinx Students

A future foreign policy maker and a future federal education executive have been selected by LULAC Lambda for its annual scholarship. The LGBTQ+ Latinx organization chose D.C. residents Brian Castro and Javier Rodriguez based on their academic merit and work in the community. 

“For a fourth year in a row, LULAC Lambda will provide scholarships to outstanding scholars who come from our LGBTQ+Latinx community. Our scholarship program will help these scholars achieve their academic goals and reduce their student debt,” said Erik Rodriquez, LULAC Lambda president. “We want to thank the BHT Foundation and LULAC Lambda supporters who have kept this scholarship alive.”

Thanks to the generosity of the BHT Foundation, LULAC Lambda was able to award funds during a year when fundraising and events came to a standstill because of the pandemic.

"The generous scholarship provided by LULAC Lambda will complement my studies by going directly into my tuition costs. Though I have been a resident of Washington D.C. working full-time at a leading public health consulting firm, I am grateful to have received the support from an organization that is also committed to social justice,” said Castro, who will attend Georgetown University. He will receive $1,000 from LULAC Lambda.

Rodriguez will receive $1,300 for his doctoral work at Florida State University. “I will utilize the funds awarded by this scholarship to offset the cost of tuition and book expenses! Doing my best to not take any loans and graduate debt-free,” said Rodriguez.

LULAC Lambda is one of 1,000 chapters across the U.S. affiliated with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s largest and oldest Latinx volunteer-based civil rights organization. One of the goals of LULAC is to increase access to education, so it encourages local chapters like LULAC Lambda to sponsor scholarships.

In the fall of 2021, he will start his Masters of Science in Foreign Service at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. “I bring my experience and expertise to the 2023 cohort and hope to further advance my effectiveness and contribution to practicing equitable and inclusive practices to the United States' efforts in international relations,” Castro said. “My ultimate professional goal is to join the United States Agency in International Development and use my experience living in the intersections as a queer, first-generation, Latino American to support health and social justice in all countries.”
Rodriguez’s research interest lies in exploring the relationship between school communities and districts' implementation of anti-racist practices and student success. “While in my program, I will continue working with the District of Columbia Public School system; as we work towards becoming an anti-racist school district and ensure all of our students and families feel loved, affirmed, and included,” said Rodriguez. “A long-term career goal of mine is to affect change at the federal level through the United States Department of Education. In which I would work to address our nation’s education crisis by advocating for equitable policies and practices that improve the outcome for all our students, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

The 2022 scholarship program will accept applications on November 1, 2021