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AEA Scholarship Program

2019 Scholarship Winners

Antonella Divo

Antonella Divo is a 2019 graduate from International Studies Preparatory Academy and an incoming  freshman at Florida State University in Tallahassee where she will be majoring in Business Management. A competitive and dedicated swimmer for Gulliver Swim Club from 7th to 12th grade, she attributes swimming to shaping her as a person and making her the hard working and persistent person she is today. She has always wanted to leave home for college to learn to grow more independent by making her own decisions. Florida State University felt like home and a great place to be, and thankfully due to hard work, Antonella does not have to worry about tuition and other expenses. She is extremely grateful to have been awarded with an Asociación Emergencia Ayacucho Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year, and is looking forward for what’s to come.

Vanessa Perea

Vanessa Perea is a 2019 graduate from Terra Environmental Research Institute and an incoming freshman at Florida International University in Miami, where she will be majoring in Theatre. Her attraction to the performing arts started when she was just ten years old. She began dancing at Danceworks of Miami, perfecting all different styles of dance. There is where she learned about musical theatre. Every summer as a young girl she participated in their musical theatre camp and learned about the world of acting. She later became an employee there, and assisted the studio in the 2019 summer production of ‘The Lion King’. Vanessa is also interested in social justice issues and plans to join entities involved in environmental issues, women’s rights, and animal rights at her university. She is eager to begin college and experience a new environment.

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2018 Winner

Andrew Lazara – Miami Springs Senior High

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The son of immigrants from the Philippines, Andrew admires his mother’s determination and optimism in striving to achieve the American dream. This has encouraged him to work hard to achieve success. Not only did he earn a 4.785 weighted GPA while attending Miami Springs Senior High, he was also active in academic and athletic organizations.

He was Parlamentarian of Health Occupation Students of America; Captain of the Varsity Tennis and the Cross-Country teams; and a member of the Debate Team, the mathematics honor society Mu Alpha Theta and Anchor Service Club. He also completed over 500 community service hours.

Among his academic achievements, Andrew earned 1st Place at the Health Occupation Students of America Regional Competition, 2nd Place at the Florida State Leadership Conference, an Excellent Award at the Miami-Dade STEAM Expo, and qualified at the International Leadership Conference. He was also nominated for the Miami-Dade Scholar Athlete of the Year, the Best in PE Award, and the Best in Math Award.

He graduated from high school this past June and has now headed to the University of South Florida. When we interviewed him via Skype, we were impressed by his demeanor, and his professionalism.