For Immediate Release: August 17, 2017
Contact: Cynthia Lopez
Alpha Beta Chapter President
Omega Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc.
SORORITY ALUMNAE ANNOUNCE WINNER OF THE 2017 CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE SCHOLARSHIP
Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Beta Alumnae chapter
awards $500 scholarship to J.P.
New York, NY...August 17, 2017 - – The Alpha Beta Chapter of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is pleased to announce the second annual recipient of the Child of the Universe Scholarship (COTUS), J.P. (name withheld for privacy). The Child of the Universe Scholarship aims to provide financial help to an outstanding immigrant woman pursuing a higher education who may not qualify for financial aid due to her immigration status. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated believes in empowering women and the right to a free education, which led to the creation of the Child of the Universe Scholarship.
J.P., was born in a little town in Puebla, Mexico. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was only 13 years old. Since arriving to the country, J.P. has faced many challenges which she has used to fueled her dedication and has inspired her to work with organizations that support and improve the lives of undocumented people in New York City. J.P. currently works facilitating a program at Atlas DIY called “Wall of Hope” which seeks to empower immigrant youth through their stories of struggle and sacrifice as a foundation of empowerment and reflection. She is also part of the Immigrant Youth Peer Education Program (IYPEP). This program seeks to create a young-led immigrant justice movement in NYC. She also is an intern at the Educational Opportunities Initiative at the Mexican Consulate, where she provides the community bilingual information on educational pathways and services.
Due to J.P.’s immigration status, paying for college is a constant struggle as she does not qualify for federal or state financial aid. Unfortunately, J.P. does not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.) either, which limits her options to apply for scholarships. Thanks to COTUS, she will be able to pay for another semester, which it means she is closer to one of her dreams of pursuing a B.S in Health and Nutrition Science at Brooklyn College followed by pursuing a Masters in Community Health Education. Once J.P. graduates she hopes to become a therapist focusing on health issues such as obesity and diabetes as a way of giving back to her community.
Cynthia Lopez, President of the Alpha Beta Chapter of OPBSI said, “The women of the NYC Alumnae Chapter are very excited and proud to be able to plant a little hope in a young woman’s pursuit of her dreams. As a chapter we hope to continue fostering women’s empowerment in our communities through COTUS. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to our ability to provide an opportunity to leave behind this legacy."
Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a NALFO organization member, is a Latina-oriented sorority founded on March 15, 1989, at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Seventeen women of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds came together to defy the injustices suffered by women, particularly women of color, in the academic, professional and political arenas. The purpose of OPBSI is to serve and educate people of diverse backgrounds through sisterhood, leadership, and guidance. As positive role models, we promote unity of all cultures, focus on the empowerment of our gender and raise the standards of excellence in our academic, social, and personal endeavors. For further information visit: www.OmegaPhiBeta.org.