Yelishka Nazario-Montijo was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the United States. Throughout middle and high school, she was always placed in honors classes and enrolled into the Cambridge AICE program.
In her Junior year of high school, she 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 her school’s branch. In her Senior year of high school, she became an honorary member of the National Honors Society and the Hispanic Honors Society. Yelishka was also an active member of Colonial’s TV Production since her Sophomore year, mainly responsible for assembling the morning news along with crafting visual projects.
Throughout her last two years of high school, Yelishka balanced working two part-time jobs, caring for her younger brothers, as well as participating in extra-curricular activities and maintaining a high GPA in her rigorous AICE and AP courses.
Yelishka is now majoring in Sociology, with a minor in History and Law at the University of Central Florida. She feels passionate about social work and politics and has demonstrated her commitment to these fields by coordinating an on-campus movement to collect donations for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Yelishka is proud of her cultural heritage and therefore strives to move back to her 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!"
Victor Manuel Torres 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 his class of 2018.
Through a grave misfortune of his father’s death in 2017, Victor became determined to make his family proud and to accomplish his goals. He decided that getting involved in extra-curricular activities would be a great way to spend his time while going through this difficult time in his life. He also became determined to be the first in his family to attend college.
Victor enrolled in the Cambridge AICE program, a curriculum that emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study. He also got involved in the National Honors Society, as well as the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). In his Senior year, he was appointed President of the GSA and was named “most valuable member” of the 2017-2018 journalism team, as he played a crucial role in assembling the yearbook, especially the Senior section.
Victor’s lifelong dream of studying art led him to now 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"