Jessica is a young woman who displays all of the qualities we look for in an #IAm scholar: she is bright & driven in all she sets her mind to. Her passion for learning is contagious, and she possesses an inner strength that pulls others up to her level of performance, perseverance, & integrity.
She is passionate about dismantling gendered expectations & replacing them with equal opportunities for women of color like herself. In her own words, she is a product of the generations of powerful women that came before her.
resilient despite the stereotypes that try to define me as quiet, low-achieving, and careless. I
am beautiful despite the intimidation and anger my success might cause others. I am a
product of the generations of powerful women that came before me. Soy poderosa, valiente,
inteligente, y soy orgullosa de ser Latina.” - Jessica
Hengly Domingo Lopez
#IAm More Than Enough
Arizona State University, pursuing a B.S. in Applied Biological Sciences (Sustainable Horticulture)
Hengly is an incredibly intelligent, hardworking, and driven individual who exemplifies all the qualities we seek in an #IAm Scholar. Her passion for agriculture and using technology to create sustainable methods to grow crops is inspiring.
While in high school, Hengly engaged in challenging academic coursework & continously gave back to her community, all while overcoming personal adversity.
"It has become a must, to continue on with my education for all the women who worked hard and made me feel empowered throughout my life....I am more than enough to continue with this dream and finish what I started more than 12 years ago" - Hengly
Cherry Ann Macarang
#IAm Going to Be Okay
The University of Arizona, pursuing a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
We chose Cherry Ann as our 2021 #IAm Scholar because of her resiliency, wisdom, and self-awareness. She understands the importance of prioritizing mental health and living a happy life while balancing academic and career successes.
Her future goals include contributing to the improvement and treatment of patients’ mental health.
"I will ensure a brighter future for myself as I will always be reminded that I am going to be okay." - Cherry
Pomona College, pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry
Alondra is a dedicated individual that sets out to accomplish all her goals despite any internal and external obstacles. It is that resiliency along with her passion for supporting her community and other students that made her application stand out. We can't wait to see her flourish in the field of biochemistry.
"I am worthy of all that I have obtained, I am worthy of being confident, I’m worthy of speaking of my adversities, and I am worthy of being a successful first-generation Latina." - Alondra
Arizona State University, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Kelly's passion for aerospace engineering, combined with her determination to overcome stereotypes for women in STEM were evident in her application. It is her relentless pursuit of excellence in the face of challenges that gives us confidence she will excel in all she commits to and she will be a role model for women in engineering.
"I will not allow myself to be discouraged or demoralized by any setbacks that I may face along the way. Instead, I will face them head on so that I may come out the other side having gained the wisdom and mental fortitude necessary to confidently tackle the next roadblock." - Kelly