Yelishka Nazario


I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the United States. Throughout middle and high school, I was always placed in honors classes and enrolled into the Cambridge AICE program.

In my Junior year of high school, I was selected to be part of the inaugural class of the CFE Credit Union, and chosen to be one of the two head tellers of my school’s branch. In my Senior year of high school, I became an honorary member of the National Honors Society and the Hispanic Honors Society. I was also an active member of Colonial’s TV Production since my Sophomore year, mainly responsible for assembling the morning news along with crafting visual projects. 


Throughout my last two years of high school, I balanced working two part-time jobs, caring for my younger brothers, as well as participating in extra-curricular activities and maintaining a high GPA in my rigorous AICE and AP courses.

​I am now majoring in Sociology, with a minor in History and Law at the University of Central Florida. I feels passionate about social work and politics and have demonstrated my commitment to these fields by coordinating an on-campus movement to collect donations for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck the island. I am proud of my cultural heritage and therefore strive to move back to my homeland after college, and pursue a political career in order to resolve the country of their economic crisis.

"Because of the scholarship, I don't have to do work study at UCF for the Fall 2018 Semester. Thank you!"

                                                      - Yelishka

Victor Torres


I grew up in a Puerto Rican household in Orlando, Florida and graduated from Colonial High School with honors as well as in the top 10% of my class of 2018.

Through a grave misfortune of my father’s death in 2017, I became determined to make my family proud and accomplish my goals. I decided that getting involved in extra-curricular activities would be a great way to spend my time while going through this difficult time. I also became determined to be the first in my family to attend college.

I enrolled in the Cambridge AICE program, a curriculum that emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study. I also got involved in the National Honors Society, as well as the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). In my Senior year, I was appointed President of the GSA and was named “most valuable member” of the 2017-2018 journalism team, as I played a crucial role in assembling the yearbook, especially the Senior section.

My lifelong dream of studying art ​led me to major in Graphic Design at the University of Central Florida.










"The $700 scholarship allowed me to pay for my first college class over the summer as well as pay for some school supplies"

- Victor