DREAM Act Scholarship Award Winners

Despite receiving great applications from impressive students around the country, we are tasked with awarding one outstanding young individual, who deserves to be recognized for their hard work and perseverance and their commitment to education despite any adversity faced as a child of hard-working immigrants in America.

2017 Winner: Dayana Esquivel

Dayana Esquivel is the winner of the 2017 Dream Act Scholarship. She is going to graduate from Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, California. She grew up in a family of immigrants so she has always been politically informed whenever it came to immigration policy. Her family’s hard work ethic inspired to “sigue adelante” (Spanish for “to get ahead”) despite her financial adversity. She was committed to her education ever since and was ambitious to work towards higher education. Her ruthless attitude towards putting all her efforts as an investment towards her future has brought her great achievements. As the Temescal’s Salutatorian, she has invested her time to her community through service projects and careers. She has risen above the prejudice that follows first generation Americans and will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara this fall as a global studies major. She plans to follow their pre-law track in order to potentially have a career addressing foreign policy and human rights, a topic she is increasingly passionate about.

In her own words, Dayana said “When I received a call informing that I was the 2017 Dream Act Scholarship Recipient, my excitement was beyond me. I was extremely grateful and happy that money is not going to stop me from reaching my ambitions. I knew the hard work I put into my essay was all worth it because that is $500 more I don’t have to take out in loans!

I would personally like to thank you(Natalia) for this scholarship, it means the world to me that you have helped me reach my future endeavors.”

2016 Winner: Ernest Raphiel Airon M. Lontoc

Our 2016 April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship award winner is Ernest Raphiel Airon M. LontacIn 2016, Ernest Lontoc, a recent high school graduate,  is the winner of the DREAM Act Scholarship, designed to support individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of immigrants and other non-native individuals living in the United States.

By furthering the educational goals of these unique members of our nation, our firm looks to invest in a richer, more inclusive future for our country and those who seek to join it, and Mr. Lontoc is no exception as his impressive academic history and commitment to his community showcase how best to overcome any adversity and keep in pursuit of his educational goals.

Having just graduated from Florida Atlantic University High School, Mr. Lontoc was grateful to discover he was the recipient of this year’s scholarship and stated that it would help to support his goal of continuing his education and becoming a nurse. His commitment to serving others and making a better future for everyone through his aspirations in nursing show us this is only the beginning of great work to come from this young man.

2018 Dream Act Scholarship

Information on the 2018 Dream Act Scholarship.