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Velez NJ Scholarship

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1 winner$5,000
Application Deadline
Nov 15, 2023
Winners Announced
Dec 15, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or undergraduate
First generation college student
New Jersey

There are certain challenges that come with being a first generation college student.

Helping these students financially creates a fair society that allows people of all backgrounds to be successful. The creator of the scholarship, who was also a first generation college student, wishes to see other first generation students aim for a college education. Limiting the cost barrier helps with this goal. The Velez NJ Scholarship will support a BIPOC student in New Jersey who is a first generation college student.

BIPOC high school seniors and undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they are first generation college students from New Jersey.

To apply, write about yourself and how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational goals.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Passion, Dedication
Published June 13, 2023
Essay Topic

Tell us about yourself and how this scholarship will help you achieve your education goals?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Evelyn Torres
Stevens Institute of TechnologyDover, NJ
As a first-generation college student from New Jersey, I've always believed in the transformative potential of education, not only for personal growth but also as a means to dismantle barriers within our community and foster positive change. Growing up in Dover, NJ, I was immersed in the rich tapestry of Latin American culture that thrived at every corner – from the aromatic bakeries selling empanadas to the vibrant family gatherings filled with lively music. Despite my deep affection for my hometown, I recognize that very few young first-generation individuals like me have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Fortunately, I am one of the fortunate few who did. My journey has been made possible through the unwavering support of my family, loved ones, and dedicated teachers, who have guided me to where I stand today. Currently, I am a Latina pursuing a degree in computer science within the STEM field. I've dedicated myself to using my voice at my predominantly white institution to amplify my culture and narrative. My involvement in Latin-based groups, such as serving on the E-Board of the Latin American Association, has been instrumental in creating a sense of belonging, reminiscent of my hometown community, during my initial years on campus. My academic trajectory is set to culminate with a bachelor's degree in science in 2025. My aspirations extend beyond personal achievement; I aspire to be a role model for my community and a source of pride for my family. The Velez NJ Scholarship presents a transformative opportunity that would reshape my life in profound ways. Currently, I finance my education independently, which has required a daily commute of one hour each way due to the financial constraints preventing me from affording rent or on-campus housing. This situation has presented significant challenges in terms of my involvement in on-campus organizations, maintaining connections, managing my coursework, and working to support myself financially. Receiving this scholarship would alleviate my financial burden, allowing me to allocate funds toward securing housing in my college town for my senior year. The prospect of living on campus for my final year brings with it the promise of improved academic performance, enhanced productivity, and better mental health, as it eliminates the stress and sleep deprivation associated with daily long commutes. For instance, late-night group projects or assignments often forced me to stay on campus until 1 or 2 a.m. or navigate treacherous late-night drives in inclement weather. In the upcoming two years, I aim to elevate my academic performance, secure a full-time position with a major company, and expand my role as a community leader. I am eager to contribute to organizations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA). In receiving the Velez NJ Scholarship, I envision not only a profound transformation in my educational journey but also a catalyst for empowerment, diversity promotion in STEM, and the fulfillment of my lifelong dream to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration. I seek to inspire others, like myself, who aspire to overcome obstacles, break down barriers, and illuminate a brighter future through the power of education.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on Dec 15, 2023.

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