"Sandoval, who attends ASTEC Charter High School in Oklahoma City, is one of four students receiving money from the organization’s first spring scholarships. The other recipients are Ruth Cruces from Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City, who is planning to attend OU; Heily Maldonado from Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City; and Jocelyn Aldana from Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma City."
"There is a distinction between asking someone where he or she was born and where he or she is from."
"The spring 2015 Aspiring Americans scholarship recipients are four worthy high school students from the Oklahoma City metro area."
“The grant meant a lot to me,” Duenez said. “It made my life a bit easier. I had slacked off on my application at first because coming up with the money was hard. [But because of this grant,] I was able to send it in the next day and get approved within a week.”
"In partnership with Aspiring Americans, the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute recently hosted an appreciation benefit to showcase the success of the Aspiring Americans, which aims to ensure that all students regardless of national origin have the chance to go to college, as well as the achievements of the students it serves."
"In partnership with Aspiring Americans, the OU Alumni Association and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) hosted an appreciation benefit on February 11th to showcase the success of the new nonprofit as well as the achievements of the students they serve. The event raised $20,000 in donations and in-kind contributions for Aspiring Americans, providing the funds for future grants and scholarships."
“I often get questioned with "Are you trying to make a culture to invite more illegal immigration? Why would we want to help people who have broken the law?"” Patel says. “What I say is, I'm not trying to advocate either of those things. We want to focus on the least political part of the conversation, which is empowering the young people.”