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SFPUC’s Social Impact Partner, WRE Inc., Funds Scholarships for Latinas
Two Chicana Foundation Scholarships Available to Latina College Students
Posted Date: 2/1/2019 10:00 AM

San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) social impact partner, Water Resources Engineering, Inc. (WRE), Inc. will sponsor two Chicana Latina Foundation scholarships for Latina college students with residency in San Francisco. The application process for these scholarships opened today, February 1 and will close April 7, 2019. The sponsorships are in partnership with the SFPUC’s Community Benefits Program.

“The future, the strength and resiliency of our local communities depends on our ability to provide education opportunities for our youth,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “We are fortunate to forge this partnership with the Chicana Latina Foundation and WRE to support our future Latina leaders as they continue their academic journeys, fulfill their dreams and enter roles that support our local workforce.”

Through the Chicana Latina Foundation, two Latinas pursuing a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or related career and currently attending a college, university or community college in San Francisco will receive $1,500 toward their college education.  As part of the scholarship, recipients will also attend a three-day Leadership Institute where they will participate in various activities including writing workshops and sessions on strengthening their cultural identity and sense of belonging.

"These scholarships are meaningful to me because I was once underprivileged and lacked access to resources and opportunities," said Gustavo Arboleda, President, WRE.  "With a little help, I went to the best colleges in the country and got a great education and I'm happy to return the favor by helping youth continue their studies. My company is proud to promote the advancement of all minority groups not only with these scholarships but with our hiring and promoting practices too." 

The Chicana Latina Foundation, SFPUC, WRE, and other donors will participate in the scholarship selection process in April through June.  Scholarship recipients will be announced in mid-June and winners will attend the 2019 Annual Scholarship Awards Gala on Saturday, October 18, 2019.

“Our scholarships help Latina students on their journey to self-empowerment, education, and professional development,” said Patty Diaz, Executive Director, Chicana Latina Foundation “We value the sponsorship from WRE and SFPUC which help make our scholarships possible and appreciate their dedication to lifting up opportunities that advance Latinas.”

The Chicana Latina Foundation sponsors merit-based scholarships for 30-40 Latina students each year. Latinas who are currently enrolled in higher education in one of the following Northern California counties are encouraged to apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo. To learn more information about the foundation’s scholarships, visit: https://chicanalatina.org/programs/scholarships/. For additional information on the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership program, visit: sfwater.org/socialimpactpartners.