A Night To Remember
Article Published: April 17, 2019
On Saturday, April 13th Templo Calvario Community Development Corporation celebrated our Banking On Our Youth Awards Ceremony. This year, 41 students completed our program taking home $14,350 in stipend monies, a laptop, and a total of $15,000 in college scholarships. Our students started this journey back in September 2018, when they were chosen out of 160 students who applied district-wide from the city of Santa Ana.
During the Award Ceremony, students had the opportunity to compete for scholarship money by pitching their small business plans to a panel of 14 judges. We had 27 groups ranging from 1 to 3 students per group. Nine groups made it to the finalists round. During this round, students pitched their ideas in front of a live audience of 200 people in a “Shark Tank” type presentation. First-place winners, Houston Santillan, and Maria Medina Muniz won a scholarship for $2,500 each for their startup idea, 24 Hour Trainer. A service that would give people a 24-hour virtual fitness trainer and help people make healthier life choices. Second place winners Carlos Aparicio and Jesus Najera impressed the judges with their idea of “Student Alert,” a mobile app that helps students with mental health issues, discretely obtain help; they each won a scholarship of $2,000. In third place was Fernando Figueroa and Erika Hernandez winning $1,500 each. In fourth place were Emma Gutierrez, Andrea Soto and Krystal Ramirez, each winning $1,000.
Students were recognized by Congressmen Lou Correa and Santa Ana Unified School District Representative, Edward Winchester. Keynote Speakers, Chef Leo and Teresa Razo, owners of Cambalache and Villa Roma Restaurants, encouraged the audience with their story of trials, hard work, dedication, and success. Their message filled the evening with joy, encouragement, and inspiration.
We are reminded that it takes a village to do the work we do. We are grateful to our Official Title Sponsor, Pacific Premier Bank, for underwriting the entire program and for investing hundreds of volunteer hours helping ensure the success of the program. Thank you to our mentors, volunteers and our partners at One West Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Microsoft Corporation, and Azusa Pacific University who invested time into our students. We could not do the work we do without people like you, who believe in investing in the youth of Santa Ana.
Congratulations to the Banking on Our Youth Class of 2019! We are very proud of you!!!
For More Banking On Our Youth Award Ceremony Pictures Click HERE