Yohanna Torres

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I was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised by a single mother in the United States. My family’s financial struggles made me all the more determined to receive a college education.


As a junior in high school, I took 9 AP/AICE classes and held a total of 3 jobs -- working 40 hours a week Monday through Friday to help my mother pay bills. On the weekends, I would drive all over the state of Florida campaigning for one of the highest offices in the Florida District of Key Club, District Treasurer.  After driving over 3000 miles and giving a speech in front of 2000 students, I was elected. I managed an $800,000 operations and $500,000 endowment budget all while overseeing two committees and serving as the service grant committee chair.


Furthermore, I participated in the CFE Credit Union (now Addition Financial) as Teller my Sophomore year and Head Teller my Senior year. Additionally, I competed in regional financial literacy competitions between the states of Alabama and Florida. During my Junior year, I was able to win competitions against students all over the state of Florida and Alabama eventually placing first.


I am now a student at Hamilton College pursuing a degree in Economics. I am interested in eventually opening up my own real estate firm and investing in low-income housing. My dream is to pay it forward and give another high achieving, yet economically disadvantaged students like myself the opportunity to pursue a college education.

"The scholarship allowed me to purchase my first semester books and school materials that I may have otherwise not been able to afford!"

- Yohanna

Maria Reyes

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I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and was raised in the United States. I graduated from Colonial High School with honors as well as being placed in the top 10% of my class in 2019. 

      Throughout my years in high school, I took rigorous courses as I was in the Cambridge AICE program along with doing community service with Colonial Key Club. In my junior year of high school, I was selected to be apart of the Elevation Scholars Program, this small spark of good luck led me to apply for the Head Teller position in the CFE Credit Union - where I was happily accepted for the position.


Throughout my senior year, I had to balance having a full course load of AP and AICE classes, fulfilling my obligations as a head teller for the Credit Union, maintain my obligations in clubs and also work a part-time job. This busy schedule made me realize that I have an eagerness to always work no matter the circumstance.

     I am now attending Franklin and Marshall College, where I am planning to major in Sociology on a pre-med track. I am extremely passionate about making an impact on people's lives, along with having a strong interest in science. 

"This $1,000 scholarship allowed me to pay off unexpected expenses for college, now I don't have to take out any school loans for the Fall Semester of 2019. Thank you so much!"     


 - Maria