LULAC LAMBDA AWARDS THREE SCHOLARSHIPS TO DC AREA LGBTQ+ LATINX STUDENTS
A future public policy maker and lawyer, a future theologian and minister, and a future public interest/public defender attorney have been selected by LULAC Lambda for its 2022 annual scholarships. The LGBTQ+ Latinx organization selected D.C. residents Tania Cabrera, Zoey McShane and Juan Carlos Mora, based on their academic merit and work in the community.
“For a fifth 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 Javier Aquino, LULAC Lambda president. “We want to thank the Brother Help Thyself (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 continue to be impacted by the pandemic.
“The pandemic put an even heavier burden on my parent’s ability to provide financial assistant. The scholarship provided by LULAC Lambda will greatly supplement my cost-of-living budget and help with other expenses. I’m grateful to have received the support from an organization that is also committed to social justice,” said Cabrera, who is attending George Washington University, studying public policy with a focus on immigration policy and a goal of becoming an immigration attorney. She received $1,000.
McShane received $2,000 for her master’s work at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. “I will utilize the funds awarded by this scholarship to offset the registration fees and other tuition expenses. I’m continuing to work part-time and doing my best to not take on any additional expenses,” said McShane.
With a vocation to public service, Mora is continuing his master’s work in Public Policy, at George Washington University. He plans to use his $2,000 scholarship award toward expenses incurred completing his graduate thesis research. “This award will assist funding my policy research of public defender offices, county court houses and filing Freedom of Information Act requests.”
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.