Alberto E. Rivera Arroyo
Alberto has dealt with many struggles over the past months, including the loss of his job due to COVID-19 and, even more painful, the passing of his beloved mother. His scholarship has helped him keep going. “My mother’s death was a big blow to my personal, academic, and professional life,” he says. “My plans after graduation are to continue to develop myself, revalidate as an electrical engineer, and, as my mother used to say, be an exemplary citizen who fights for his country.”
Julimar Colón Montañez
As a young adult striving for independence, Julimar appreciates the financial freedom her emPOWER scholarship has given her to pay for her studies and pursue additional goals such as earning her master’s degree in business administration and making a positive difference in the world. “It is one of my long-term goals to go to underdeveloped communities to carry out projects that help them have a better quality of life,” she says.
Elvin Anthony Flores Arroyo
Thanks to his emPOWER scholarship, Elvin is going places – literally. It’s helping pay for his first semester of graduate studies in nuclear engineering in Virginia, where he has a mechanical engineering job. His long-term goal is to help the U.S. Navy by providing civil support in designing and manufacturing aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. “I want to contribute in the same way they do, protecting and serving the nation,” he explains. “As Albert Schweitzer said, ‘There is no greater religion than service to others. Working for the common good is the best creed.’”
Ana R. Rodríguez López
After facing significant financial hurdles, Ana is dedicated to paying forward the promising opportunities her emPOWER scholarship has provided, including paying for regular courses and pursuing certifications such as Lean Six Sigma. “It can be frustrating to want to expand my knowledge, want more books, more courses, more certifications, but having finances be a limiting factor. I am grateful that those opportunities still exist, that we are not alone in our professional development,” she says. “Once we are professionals in our respective fields, we should always look back to where we started and help our younger generation of students.”