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JA Class of 2015 Says, “Thank You, San Miguel!”

By Robin Loving Rowland

Jóvenes Adelante gives university scholarships to the brightest local students who could otherwise not afford to realize their academic dreams in order to bring their families out of poverty. Each fall, we bring on new students, the number varying depending on how much funding we can raise, and we turn more away than we can help. Our goal for 2016 is 15 students. Our goal for 2017 is 25 students.

This year’s Class of 2015 wishes to thank all of their donors and sponsors for making their dreams come true. Here are their 11 stories:

Eberardo Hernández Angel, a struggling farmer’s son, walks nearly five miles each way to school in all sorts of weather on a dirt road he helps to maintain. His aspiration is to become an environmental engineer, in order to develop new sources of alternative clean energy.

Vanessa Alondra González Tapia, whose father is medically retired, is studying to become a systems engineer at the prestigious Instituto San Miguelense (ITSES); 80 percent of their graduates go directly into industrial positions.

José Luis Bustamente González, whose father is unemployed, is studying to become a mechanical engineer.

Maria de la Cruz Salinas Deanda is studying to be an international aeronautic engineer at the Universidad Aeronaútica in Querétero. She speaks English and French and is studying Japanese while teaching American music theory and computing. As a master violinist, she performs at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato each year.

Karina Rioyos Munoz, who lives with her grandmother because her mother’s health is failing, is attending the University of Guanajuato to earn a degree in industrial relations.

Erika Lizette Banca Ceja, whose father is disabled as a result of his work, is a prize-winning writer and painter. She is attending the University of Guanajuato to earn a doctorate in chemistry while she does science research with professors from the United States.

Andrea Daniela Colunga Navarro, whose father is paralyzed from an accident, is attending the University Autonoma of Queretaro to become a biomedical engineer. Her goal is to study prosthetics in Germany and earn a doctorate.

Karina Isabel Franco Juárez, whose father is a semi-disabled farmer and father of 12—one a special needs child—is earning a degree in architecture at the University of Leon in pursuit of her dream to be able to design and build well-constructed, affordable homes.

Manuel Jesus Córdova Lara is planning a career as a surgeon and obstetrician. He is a paramedic, works at a hospital every day, and volunteers at the Red Cross.

Yolanda Jazmín Luna Rubio, whose father died last December, is studying to be a mechanical engineer at the prestigious ITSES to be able to create products that will help the environment.

Cecilia Velazquez Gonzalez lives in a home without electricity, plumbing, or windowpanes and travels more than three hours to work in a doctor’s office where she has worked for five years in pursuit of her dream to become a nurse.

Sponsorship of one student’s five-year university career is only US$120 per month, or about the cost of one cup of coffee a day at a café. Jóvenes raises these funds in advance of selecting its scholarship students in order to ensure that their academic careers are viable. For more information, see or contact President Robin Loving Rowland at 152 3709 (SMA), 925 476 8117 (Vonage), or Again, thank you from the Class of 2015.


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