BENEFITING: Latino Memphis Inc
EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2016
Abriendo Puertas or “Opening Doors” is one of Latino Memphis' strongest programs – providing mentoring and leadership development to high school students like Frankie Paz and Farida Flores to help them fulfill their dream of going to college. The Assisi Foundation, a valued supporter of Abriendo Puertas, has challenged us to raise $30,000 from new donors by June 30, 2016. Your gift will have a direct impact in the lives of our students, the majority of whom will be the first in their family to attend college.
Frankie Paz, Abriendo Puertas Alumni
Frankie Paz is the first in his family to graduate from high school, and thanks to Latino Memphis, the first to attend college.
As Frankie neared graduation, he feared his immigration status could keep him from pursuing a degree. In Tennessee, DREAMers, or youth who were brought to the U.S. as children, must pay out-of-state tuition at public universities. He got involved with Latino Memphis through Abriendo Puertas, but it was challenging finding a school his family could afford. Even with his outstanding student record, he did not qualify for federal financial aid and was facing out-of-state tuition rates three times higher than that of his peers.
Then the summer after Frankie graduated, Latino Memphis had life-changing news. Frankie was a candidate for Christian Brothers University’s Latino Student Success program, which offers scholarships to non-FAFSA eligible students.
Frankie is now in his second year at CBU. After graduating, Frankie plans to stay in Memphis and use his education to give back to his city, Latino Memphis, and everyone that supported him and made it possible for his dream to come true.
“The connections that Latino Memphis provided and the willingness that Christian Brothers University had to accept me and others like me is something that I am thankful for. Had it not been for Latino Memphis in the first place, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to realize my goal of going to college. It’s something that I didn’t even think I was going to fulfill, and now it is becoming real and I really, really appreciate Latino Memphis for that.” – Frankie Paz