Hispano Round Table awards 6 $1,000 scholarships
At the Hispano Round Table de Nuevo México
15th Annual Tribute to New Mexico's Hispano Legislators on Tuesday, February 13, 2007, six $1,000
scholarships were awarded to students throughout New Mexico. The theme of the year for the Hispano
Round Table is advancing our 10 Point Plan Agenda.
2007 Scholarship winners, awarded at Legislative Dinner are:
Yajaira Hernández, Alburquerque HS, Will attend UNM & study either nursing or computer engineering.
She has been involved with and volunteered for ENLACE - Los Compañeros and Cornstalk, and enjoys
helping younger students.
Michelle Gallegos, Taos HS, Will attend UNM
Michelle excels in Flamenco, member of MEChA, plans to major in psychology and enter law school.
She teaches dance camp, volunteers for senior citizens, and is a safe teen volunteer. She was
invited to Paris and NY for her dance accomplishments. She enjoys reading, reading to
kindergartners, and playing volleyball.
She is a Big Sister for BBBS's.
Madalena Salazar, UNM Grad student,
She received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology from the
University of New Mexico in 2003. Her current research focuses on the arts of the Americas, with a
focus on the art and architecture of Colonial New Spain. As a graduate student, Madalena has
received the New Mexico Graduate Scholars Award, the Gale Memorial Art Scholarship, the Bainbridge
Bunting Memorial Scholarship in Art History and a Rogue Curator grant from UNM's P.L.A.C.E. Program
in Fine Arts. In addition, she is a graduate assistant in the Department of Art and Art History and
has had the opportunity to assist in several Art History courses. She has been fortunate to travel
extensively in various parts of the world, which included living abroad in England to study at the
University of Sheffield and outside of Barcelona, Spain undertaking an archaeological field school.
She plans to continue with a career in the academic field, and so intends to complete her Ph.D. She
currently holds internships with the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe and at El Centro de
la Raza at UNM.
Eddie Ray Fernández, Taos HS, Will attend UNM
In eighth grade, I joined wrestling and remained engaged with that
to this present day. My interests are sports, school, and my family.
Juan López Corona, New Mexico Tech student
My family moved back to Alburquerque and it was here where I graduated from West Mesa High School
with a Bilingual Seal and at the top ten percent of my senior class. Currently I am attending New
Mexico Tech and working to get a double major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Summer Gonzales, South Valley Academy, Will attend UNM
I am a natural leader and love to be involved in school activities and community service. I am
currently a member of the National Honor Society and Senior Cabinet. I am a hard worker and always
strive to do my best. I am a firm believer that you can accomplish anything; even create change if
you set your mind to it. I also strongly agree to never underestimate the power of believing in
someone. Believing in someone can make all the difference in the world. Growing up I always knew I
wanted to go into a profession where I would be helping others in need. I want to become a Registered Nurse to give back to my community.
Image, UNM, Los Alamos NL, & PNM presented the scholars with the awards at the Legislative Dinner.
Every year the Hispano Round Table awards scholarships to promising youth who excel in community
service and promoting civil rights and parity.
MANA de Alburquerque also presented its annual scholarships to four deserving Hispanas.
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