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Help Ernestina go to college!

By Irene de León


Half of her 17 years ago, Ernestina González, then eight and a half years old, was told by Madre Chuy, then head of Casa Hogar Santa Julia where Ernestina lives, “You can go to college and become a professional. All you have to do is apply yourself.”

Ernestina, who was at this children’s home because her mother died while giving birth to her, glowed with excitement, and hasn’t quit beaming yet. She has earned a high school scholarship to a private school, and now is applying at Universidad Panamericana in Aguascalientes to study gastronomy.

Ernestina is a natural leader. Her younger sister looks to her for guidance, as do the rest of the 50 Santa Julia girls. These sisters have other family members, but no one in the family is in a position to offer any support, hence the girls’ residence at Santa Julia.

“Funny, responsible, caring, honest” is how I describe Ernestina. I am seeking to complete a scholarship fund for Ernestina that I created in honor of her late husband and named for the late Madre Chuy, who first planted the idea of a college career in Ernestina’s fertile mind.

Ernestina will be 18 in January. She will graduate from high school next summer. Her university expenses will include: admission fee, US$990; monthly tuition and dormitory, US$1,150USD; one-time expense for knives, US$360.

Please help me make this girl’s dream of being the first in her family to get a college degree a reality beginning in the fall of 2014. From orphan to professional – a dream worth supporting! Contact me at 154-4117 and US tax-deductible donations may be made to Friends of Santa Julia. Thank you!


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