IDAHO FALLS — Several Bingham County students received scholarships at the 2011 Hispanic Youth Symposium last week in Sun Valley.
Scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million were granted at the symposium, which brought some 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops. Students also participated in speech, talent, art, and athletic and interactive skill contests.
The U.S. Department of Energy, contractors at Idaho National Laboratory, Gem State Diversity Initiatives, state agencies and private employers sponsored the symposium.
The symposium targets the important themes of school dropout prevention, continuing education, taking pride in Latino culture and breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the symposium, students learn that nothing is impossible because they have the power to shape their own futures.
Those in Bingham County receiving scholarships are:
Angela Pelayo, Aberdeen High School, $32,800 College of Idaho;
Elizabeth Martinez, Blackfoot High School, $1,000 Gem State Diversity Initiatives Si Se Puede;
Hector Muñoz, Blackfoot High School, $1,000 Idaho State University, $500 University of Idaho, $3,675 University of Idaho College Assistance Migrant Program;
Raquel Aleman, Snake River High School, $750 University of Idaho, $500 Campesinos Unidos;
Matt Martinez, Snake River High School, $500 College of Southern Idaho;
Sandra Molina, Snake River High School, $24,800 College of Idaho, $10,500 University of Montana, $500 GSDI for the traditional category of the talent competition and received a people’s choice art certificate;
Yoni Rodriguez, Snake River High School, $800 Gem State Diversity Initiatives for second place in the essay contest.