José Ventura and Margarita Melendez Mexican-American Scholarship Fund

Funded by
Borders Family
$3,550
2 winners, $1,775 each
Open
Application Deadline
Dec 2, 2024
Winners Announced
Jan 2, 2025
Education Level
Undergraduate
1
Contribution
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school graduate currently pursuing or looking to begin an undergraduate degree
Identity:
Mexican or Mexican-American
Background:
First-generation college student
Experience:
Work or significant volunteer experience
Education Level:
Identity:
Background:
Experience:
High school graduate currently pursuing or looking to begin an undergraduate degree
Mexican or Mexican-American
First-generation college student
Work or significant volunteer experience

José Melendez was a beloved father who passed away too soon. Despite facing numerous challenges in his life, José's unwavering dedication and determination were evident in his role as a janitor and father of eleven children. One of his most remarkable achievements was ensuring that each of his children graduated from a four-year college, a testament to his unwavering support and commitment to their education.

Though José was never able to finish his high school degree or pursue higher education, he possessed a deep understanding of the transformative power of education. He believed that education was the key to unlocking opportunities and empowering individuals to create a better future for themselves and their communities. José's incredible accomplishment of guiding his children through college serves as an inspiration to all, demonstrating that with perseverance, hard work, and a strong belief in the value of education, dreams can be achieved against all odds.

This scholarship seeks to honor the memory of José Melendez by supporting Mexican-American students who share his passion for education and overcoming barriers.

Any Mexican or Mexican-American student who has graduated high school and is or will be a first-generation undergraduate student may apply for this scholarship if they have work experience or strong volunteering experience. 

To apply, tell us why you’re passionate about being a first-generation, Mexican-American student.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published January 23, 2024