Benito Juarez Scholarship Fund
Organized by: Francisco Escobar
Sponsored by the Brothers of Sigma Chi Beta Fraternity, this fundraiser dedicates its efforts towards a high school senior who is part of the Liberty Partnership Program at St. John's University entitled 'The Benito Juarez Scholarship'.
Who is Benito Juarez?
Benito Juarez was born at San Pablo Guelatao, Mexico on March 21, 1806. He studied law at the Oaxaca Institute of Arts and Sciences, receiving his degree in 1831. Within a few years he had served in both state and national legislatures. In 1841 he became a judge and served as governor of his state. From his government service he gained many ideas for political and economic reform.
Through his pursuit for higher education and dedication to his goals of serving the people, by 1857 he became the first indigenous president of Latin America. He was so driven, even as at a young age, he walked 40 miles from his village to the city of Oaxaca, Mexico to then become part of the Franciscan Seminary. Such travel that exemplifies dedication, drive, and heart is called 'The Benito Juarez Experience'.
To apply for the Benito Juarez Scholarship, you must obliged to the following:
Be a full-time High School Senior in the Liberty Partnership Program at St. John’s University.
Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0
- Unofficial High School Transcript
- A typed, double spaced essay, 2-3 pages long written essay on:
- A short history report on the life of Benito Juarez.
- Providing your own 'Benito Juarez Experience'.
- How you can identify with Benito Juarez's work as someone who strives for higher education?
- What goals do you seek to accomplish in five and ten years?
Scholarship Award: $250
The students who would be applying for this scholarship are attending the following High Schools:
- Academy for Young Writers High School
- Aviation Career and Technical Education High School
- Beacon High School
- Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
- Brooklyn College Academy
- Excelsior Preparatory High School
- Forest Hill High School
- High School for Construction Trades Engineering and Architecture
- High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety
- Holy Cross High School
- Institute For Health Professions at Cambria Heights
- Johns Adams High School
- John Bowne High School
- Manhattan Center for Science and Math
- Queens Collegiate
- Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School
- Queens Preparatory Academy
- Richmond Hill High School
- Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts & Technology
- Rockaway Collegiate High School
- St. Francis Preparatory
- The Young Women's Leadership School
- Valley Stream South High School
- York Early College Academy