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The Tomorrow Fund for 
Hispanic Students
Opening the doors to higher education for Hispanic 
students in North Carolina.
Spring 2014
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Our recipients and their stories.

Our scholarship recipients are exceptional, not the least for their grit to succeed in higher education and the workplace.


Jessica Perianza (at right in San Diego representing NC State)  is one of our scholarship recipients and a B.A./B.S. student in a dual-enrollment program at Meredith College and NC State. Last week she sent us an update on her summer.  

   "This summer entailed many firsts for me. The most important one of all, was that I obtained my first internship ever. Being a first-generation college student, I couldn't help but feel that not only was I getting my first internship, but so were my mother and my father. I carry them with me each and everyday in everything that I do.   
   I was able to work with top executives on in-sourcing projects and I presented a proposal  that would save the company $130,000 within it's first year. They offered me part-time positions for the fall and spring semesters, as well as next summer. 
   In mid-August, I had the opportunity to attend the National Institute for Leadership Advancement in San Diego where I represented the N.C. State Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter. I have now started my presidency for the N.C. State SHPE chapter for the 2014-15 year!  
   While I am constantly juggling 17 credit hours, working part-time, and holding an executive position in a student organization, I love every minute of it! I try my best to wake up everyday grateful for the opportunities that I have in my life. I know that my internship, and even my trip to California, would not have been possible without the aid from The Tomorrow Fund (during the school year). I have been granted an opportunity to further my education, and I plan to take full advantage of it and become not only the best engineer I can be, but also the best citizen of this world that I can be.
   When I finally get to cross the stage to receive my B.S. in industrial engineering and my B.A. in mathematics, I will walk with pride, for I was able to arrive there because someone believed in me. 
   I will never stop thanking everyone that has helped me along the way, and this includes you."

Our two Guilford freshmen

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Gerardo (wearing blue): "Every day is challenging but that is definitely the beauty about college because that means that every day I am better than I was yesterday.  I have learned quickly to manage my time and maximize it as well because I am on my own now.  I am definitely excited to see what life has planned for me in the next few years at Guilford."

Jose (in red): "The first week of college is the introduction to the next chapter in my life, which consists of managing your time productively and knowing your priorities because college is a gift and a unique opportunity."

Our Salem College seniors. 
Two of our Salem recipients. 
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Valeria Sotelo: "Throughout my time at Salem I have learned so many valuable lessons. I've been fortunate to be able to learn from such passionate and dedicated professors who have challenged and inspired me to do great things. Salem has provided me with many opportunities that have made me grow more confident in myself. When I look back and see how far I have come, I am reminded how truly blessed I am to be able to attend such a wonderful institution like Salem College. Salem has shown me that I matter and that I am not just another number. After graduation, I plan to continue learning. I want to teach 2nd grade, or really any grade. I just hope I get to work with the little ones."

Carolina Lara: "Studying at Salem College has been a colorful journey. My professors have shared their extensive knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, their disciplines with me. I have been able to be a part of different groups and organizations that have extended my experience. This experience will be indispensable for my teaching job after I graduate. I want to teach art or Spanish at the high school level. Graduate school is also a possibility for me. I will definitely miss hiking and bike riding at the mountains nearby after I graduate next May!"
Carolina recently launched her 
own website featuring her art:

Annual fundraiser 2015

Our annual fundraiser will be held this coming January (date tbd) 2015. Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council in Washington, D.C., will be our keynote speaker. We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an interesting presentation. Read more about AIC

N.C. Fast Facts


North Carolina had the 11th largest Latino population in the U.S.


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N.C. Latino College Completion:

Top 5 Enrolling North Carolina Institutions:
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Top 5 Bachelor Degree North Carolina Institutions:
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The Tomorrow Fund seeks to make higher education more accessible to talented Hispanic students from low-income families in North Carolina through scholarships to help these students bridge their 
financial aid gaps.
"With our Multicultural Education Department, various First Year Experience professors, and other related folks (including me), we tend to rally the troops well here and support our kids, especially those from special circumstances."
-- Andy
Dean of
 Admission and
 Financial Aid


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