-  Favian Samaniego
   2020 Achievers’ Scholarship Recipient

   Attending, San Francisco State University 

    

Janette Calvillo Solis

-  Alexandra Dominguez-Estrella 
   2020 Achievers’ Scholarship Recipient

    

Alexandra Dominguez-Estrella 

Favian Samaniego

2020 Achievers' Award Recipient

First and foremost, I would like to thank NorCal WESTOP for granting me this scholarship. I really appreciate receiving this award, especially during such unprecedented times. This scholarship will lessen my financial burden by helping pay part of my semester bills and/or cover any possible emergencies. The financial support given to me with this scholarship will also permit me to focus more on my health and my education. I am equally very thankful to TRIO for giving me this opportunity, as well as for supporting me throughout the years. TRIO has been like a family to me. TRIO advisors have supported and guided me unconditionally and when I was struggling the most and felt the most confused and lost, TRIO stood by me and kept me strong. Being part of TRIO means you will be granted the opportunity of meeting many wonderful people and make beautiful connections and memories that will remain with you forever as well as establish a bond and create a network of wonderful, kind, and truly-supportive individuals.

2020 Achievers' Award Recipient

Increasing access to education, one student at a time.

2020 Achievers' Award Recipient

2019-2020 NorCal Scholarship Recipients

My name is Favian Samaniego and I graduated high school in 2020 and will be attending SFSU as a criminal justice major. Having received the 2020 Northern California WESTOP Achievers’ Scholarship has been and will be a great help for me because it has provided me and my family relief on payment for books and other materials necessary for my success during college. Being a participant of the TRIO Educational Talent Search was a great experience because it provided me with the support to achieve my goal of attending college through assistance in paying for exams, filing for financial aid, and even assisting me with applying to college. Additionally, the TRIO Educational Talent Search has also provided me with guidance on college admissions and has also answered many of the questions that I’ve had as a confused first-generation student. Thanks to TRIO and NorCal WESTOP, I am fortunate enough to attend college this upcoming fall.

I feel truly blessed to have received this scholarship that’ll help me during my first year in college. I will be able to pay less because of this scholarship. Upward Bound has been a one in a lifetime opportunity for me. I am a first-generation female in my family to graduate high schools and break our family cycle. Upward Bound helped me understand how college works and how attainable it could be for me. Attending every workshop or being there during the summer was hard because of my other responsibilities, which made it overwhelming but at the end worth every moment. I will forever be grateful to the staff for always helping me and being so kind. They will forever hold a special place in my heart. Through it all I smiled every moment of it! 

​​WESTOP NORCAL CHAPTER

-  Janette Calvillo Solis
   2020 Achievers’ Scholarship Recipient