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SAO Scholarship Awards announced

By La Prensa Staff


The Spanish American Organization (SAO) will award three $1,000 scholarships to Latino students at a pregame baseball ceremony on Sept. 16, 2021. Latino Heritage Night with the Toledo Mud Hens will be held at Fifth Third Field on Thursday, Sept. 16, during pregame ceremonies of a game between Toledo and the Columbus Clippers, which is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. SAO and LaPrensa will award several scholarships, while special guests with throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sing the national anthem.


Lourdes University nursing students Brittany Seloom and Marissa Smith each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their studies, while 2021 Start High School graduate Kylie Copeland is this year’s recipient of the Frances Martínez scholarship, which is also $1,000.


Ms. Seloom is nearly finished with her bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) and carries a 3.25 GPA. She currently works as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) while pursuing her education.


Although money is not everything, I want to become financially stable through education and obtain a good job because growing up I watched my single mom struggle. She worked as a waitress for all her life, and it did not provide her with the income that was suitable for a family,” Ms. Seloom wrote in her scholarship essay.


Ms. Seloom’s goal is to eventually earn her master’s degree and become a nurse practitioner, crediting her parents for giving her the motivation and drive to pursue all her goals, whether it was sports at a young age or higher education now.


I want to show my love for nursing through positive attitude, empathy, and hard work to get patients what they deserve in the health care. Community teaching about health and wellness is very important because nurses can educate others about different risk factors and signs and symptoms of different diseases. Education for me is important, but ultimately, I think for myself to be able to pass on and educate others is so powerful!” her essay concluded.


Marissa Smith is pursuing a nursing degree, inspired by her mom who works as an STNA and was never able to finish her higher education because she raised three kids as a single parent for a time. She also wants to use her experiences with ADHD and anxiety to help others.


One of my goals is to open my open practice under a doctor for mental health. I have learned a lot about mental health the past few years. I think it is very important for someone to understand their mental health and get help if they need it,” she wrote in her scholarship essay. “Having people there to support me and understand my mental health has helped me a lot.”


Some of her other goals include earning an internship in pediatric nursing, so she can learn more about what it takes to succeed in that profession. Ms. Smith also hopes to one day travel the world to help others in struggling countries on relief missions.


“The less fortunate need health care too. That is the most important thing as me becoming a nurse is being that person to help anyone in need and if someone needs something they can come to me,” she concluded in her essay.


Ms. Smith also uses her spare time to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the TRIO program at Lourdes University.


Kylie Copeland is attending Owens Community College, where she is studying physical therapy. She maintained a 3.5 GPA and took several honors courses, while also playing volleyball and softball at Start High School. She is a first-generation college student.


“Sports themselves have taught me what hard work and dedication can create,” Ms. Copeland wrote in her scholarship essay. “I see myself coaching many different levels of teams, also even going back to the schools and help train and assist youth athletic programs. I want to make Toledo great and really get our young student athletes the chances and opportunities they should get to go far.”


A couple of the scholarship recipients also noted the struggles and difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and having to resort to online learning instead of the normal classroom setting in their scholarship essays.


Tickets are still available for Latino Heritage Night at $16 each and can be purchased from SAO officers Carmen Barbosa (419.290.3082), Phil Barbosa (419.215.7941), Mary Morales (419.270.1076) and Adrianne Chasteen of LaPrensa (419.870.2797).




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Revised: 09/07/21 20:01:20 -0700.





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