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Sara Molina Memorial Scholarship

1 winner$1,500
Application Deadline
Dec 1, 2024
Winners Announced
Jan 1, 2025
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Puerto Rico

Growing up in Villalba, Puerto Rico, Sara faced challenges early on. She left school in third grade to help sustain the family. Despite her illiteracy, she persevered. 

After marrying in Puerto Rico and moving to New Jersey with her children, Sara found her life shattered when her husband left, leaving her to support her four children alone. Undeterred, Sara worked tirelessly in various roles, from housekeeping to office cleaning, ensuring her children received the education she never had. 

Through her children's experiences, Sara recognized the transformative impact of education. In honor of Sara's memory, we are proud to introduce the Sara Molina Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship aims to empower and support female students in Puerto Rico who need a little help shaping a better future.

The Sara Molina Memorial Scholarship is open to all female students in Puerto Rico attending or looking to attend four years of college or a two-year degree at a college/vocational/technical school. To be considered, applicants are invited to share their personal stories and articulate how this scholarship can help them shape their dreams.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Passion, Boldest Profile
Published May 10, 2024
Essay Topic

Please share your personal story and articulate how this scholarship can help you shape your education and dreams.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Tatiana Perez
National University CollegeBayamón, PR
Introduction: Education holds an irrefutable significance in shaping our lives, enabling us to fulfill our aspirations, break free from the constraints of circumstance, and make a positive impact on society. As a first-generation college student and a single mother, the value of education resonates deeply with me. Moreover, my unwavering passion for nursing, driven by a genuine desire to improve people's health, further amplifies the importance of obtaining an education. In this essay, I will elucidate the reasons why acquiring an education holds immense personal significance and how it empowers me to make a difference in the world. Being a first-generation college student, I am keenly aware of the challenges that lie ahead. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that education has the power to transcend boundaries and provide opportunities for personal growth. By pursuing higher education, I am breaking free from the cycle of limited opportunities and setting a precedent for future generations of my family. Education equips me with the necessary tools to overcome obstacles, empowering me to transform adversity into triumph and to bring new opportunities to the next generations of my family. As a single mother, my pursuit of education embodies the belief that I am not limited by my circumstances. By acquiring knowledge and skills through education, I can provide a secure future for my child and I. Education broadens my horizons, enhances my critical thinking abilities, and equips me with the tools to navigate the complexities of life. It instills within me the confidence and independence required to provide the best possible life for my little girl. The field of nursing captivates me because it offers a profound opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. With an education in nursing, I can combine my passion for healthcare and my innate desire to help others. Education arms me with the expertise and understanding necessary to provide comprehensive care and support to individuals in need. Through my knowledge, empathy, and skills, I can contribute to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities of my country. As a first-generation college student and a single mother pursuing a career in nursing, I become a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. My journey serves as an inspiration to those who believe that their circumstances define their future. By embracing education, I can break barriers and demonstrate that anyone, regardless of their background, has the power to achieve their dreams. I aim to foster change, empower others, and encourage them to embrace the transformative potential of education. Conclusion: Education is a catalyst for personal growth, empowerment, and societal progress. My pursuit of education holds profound significance, as it not only transcends the limitations imposed by circumstance but also enables me to make a tangible difference in people's lives. Through education, I gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to excel as a nurse and positively impact the health and well-being of those in need. Moreover, my journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of education, inspiring others to believe in their potential. Education empowers me to chart my own path, create a brighter future for my child, and contribute meaningfully to the world.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Dec 1, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jan 1, 2025.