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AEA Scholarship Program

2022 Application


Since 1985, Asociación Emergencia Ayacucho (AEA) has supported and enabled care for more than 1,800 underprivileged children from Ayacucho who have received the proper education, basic care, psychological support and inspiration to become upstanding citizens of Ayacucho. In 1987, AEA started a chapter in Miami, Florida.

Currently, AEA supports three orphanages in Ayacucho located in the districts of Huanta, Huancapi and Vilcashuamán. Each home has capacity to care for approximately 30 children.

When the children graduate from high school from any of the orphan homes, they are offered to live in a youth home, one for men and one for women, located in Huamanga. The Youth Homes are designed to teach young people the skills and confidence to live independently, and enable them to continue their education through scholarships funded by AEA to local technical schools. Each youth home accommodates up to 18 people.


AEA believes in the power of education, and has, therefore, created two scholarship awards, each one of $1,500 to two deserving male or female Miami-Dade County Public Schools high school seniors matriculating at an accredited four-year college or university for the Fall 2022 academic year. Because education and caring for one’s community is part of AEA Miami’s mission, special consideration will be given to applicant’s interest in education and civic service, as demonstrated by their personal essay.


  • Demonstrate financial need to pay for college during 2022 school year
  • Be a graduate from a Miami-Dade County Public High School in 2021-2022 school year
  • Have been accepted to/or been enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university
  • Enroll full-time (12-18 credits), seeking a degree at a post-secondary institution
  • Use the AEA Miami scholarship only for a post-secondary institution named in the application
  • Be a US citizen or legal resident based in South Florida.
  • Be available for a personal interview
  • Include a senior yearbook photo or head shot in professional attire with the application
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities
  • Complete application available online at www.AEAMiami.com/scholarship by July 15, 2022. No information will be accepted by email, mail or fax. If an application is missing information or attachments, AEA Miami will NOT inform the applicant.


  • Completed application (typed) and Parent/Guardian signature
  • Official high school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from a School Representative, Community Leader, or Civic Leader. The letters must discuss the applicant’s leadership experience, community service involvement, character, and scholastic achievement.
  • Proof of a minimum of 50 community service hours documented on the high school transcript or on an official letterhead from the service organization with an original signature
  • PDF Copy of official SAT or ACT Test scores
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) – upload all pages as a single document
  • Personal Essay (typed, one page, plain legible font, and double spaced) discussing one of the following:
    • Who is someone that you admire and why?
    • Who is the most important person in your life?
    • What is one personal or professional goal you strive for within the next ten years?
    • What local, national, or international event or issue has made an impact on you, and how?

REMINDER: Carefully review the application guidelines for details about each attachment. All required attachments must be uploaded as a single document. PDF and JPEG formats are the only formats allowed. For documents with multiple pages, you must combine them into a single document before they can be uploaded.

NOTE: Only completed applications, postmarked by Sunday, July 15, 2022, will be processed (NO EXCEPTIONS).

  • The location and time of any one-on-one interviews will be scheduled directly with each candidate.
  • The applicant must provide AEA with an official proof of enrollment letter or memo signed by a school official for the Fall of 2022 on or before September 1, 2022 or the award will be forfeited.
  • Scholarship recipients are selected and payments are remitted directly to the institution and/or the award recipient at the sole discretion of Association Emergencia Ayacucho.
  • Upload the application and all supporting documents in one packet on or before Sunday, July 15, 2022 to Asociación Emergencia Ayacucho at aeamiamichapter.com

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact AEA Miami at aeamiamichapter@gmail.com.


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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.