Felicitaciones 2019 Graduados!

Congratulations 2019 Graduates!


    "Believe in yourself", "Always keep learning" and "Don't be afraid to ask for help". These were some of the empowering messages that CU Professor, Violeta Chapin delivered to the 2018 BCLL Graduates at this year's Ceremony held at CU Boulder on May 24th. The event was packed with proud parents, local University and college representatives and BCLL board members.

       This year, thanks to former Impact on Education's executive director, Fran Ryan, the graduates were individually photographed by professional photographer Anne Stodala and their pictures were featured in a two page spread in the Boulder Daily Camera that ran in June. (Be sure to check out more pictures on our new website at: boulderlatina.org).

      Coupled with Professor Chapin's dynamic and heartfelt talk, it was the sort of empowering ceremony that we all needed to hear in order to recharge ourselves in the current political climate. Well done BCLL Board!

Ruby Rodriguez

by Joan Brett

     A freshman at CU Denver, Ruby Rodriguez is very grateful for her Boulder County Latina League Scholarship, which was matched by CU Denver. Ruby is taking 4 courses (psychology, philosophy, algebra for business, and literature and arts), working on the weekends at Marshalls, and thinking about a cultural tour of Egypt in November with a professor. Busy and happy, she feels that Boulder High “really prepared her well” for college. She hopes to major in accounting and business, with a focus on marketing and graphic design. With the help of other scholarships from Rotary and another gap grant, she is thankful that her parents don’t need to contribute financially to her education.

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Ruby's mentor, Joan Brett (left ) and Ruby Rodriguez.

Penelope Sanchez

by Claudia Fernandez

Penelope Sanches (Penny) is a Boulder County Latina League scholarship recipient. Blanca Fraire Sanches (Penny’s mom) came to the United States in 1998 with a message that has been an inspiration for her and Penny “If you want to give your daughter a gift, give her the privilege of being born in the United States”. Because Penny was born in the United States, she does not have to suffer the trials and tribulations of many of her DACA friends. (click here to continue)  


Photo: Penelope Sanches (Penny) Family: Rodolfo Fraire (Dad), Alfonso Fraire (Brother), Penny Sanches , Blanca Fraire Sanches (Mom), Alexander Fraire (Brother), Marycruz Fraire (Sister).

BCLL Scholars Abroad


by Luis Hernandez


     I was able to come to Istanbul through AIESEC, a non-profit organization that matches volunteer opportunities with volunteers from all over the world. One of the goals for this organization is to help achieve the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development set by the United Nations. Goal number 4 is to ensure equitable quality education for all. For me, equal access to education is really important, so I decided to work on a project that would help this cause. I taught some basic English lessons to children ages 5 to 12 and ensured that they were having fun at the same time.

     The best part about this experience has been the exposure to different cultures, some of my coworkers have different cultural backgrounds than me. I like to see how even though we have differences we are all working towards one goal. I also enjoy seeing the children making progress on their English speaking and writing. I'm happy when I'm able to share knowledge and to do something that helps to achieve sustainable development in the world.

Left photo: Luis in Denmark with other volunteers. Right photo: teaching children in Instanbul.

Tips for the best First Year Experience: How to Make

the First Year Memorable

and Successful


by Melanie Rocha

     Often students overlook the challenge of staying in college and earning the degree they wish to earn. Completion comes with determination, perseverance, and the will to prioritize and accomplish ones' educational goals. Here are a few tips to help first year college students be successful: (Click here to continue)


CU Faculty Spotlight


by Teresa Hernandez


     I grew up in El Paso Texas, with one older and one younger brother. My grandparents also lived in El Paso and we had most Sunday dinners with them at their house. My father, Louis R. Hernandez, raised my brothers and I on his own from when I was in junior high school. Not only was junior high a time of change in my family, but also socially because my brothers and I went to junior high at the school where my Dad was principal. This had good sides and bad sides to it as you might imagine. In junior high school I participated in a summer science camp. As part of that camp, we worked with a white rat, observing its behavior. I still remember the smell of the rat as we worked with it, and the softness of its fur. Later, when I was at the University of Texas (Austin), I had a pet rat. (Click here to continue)

Board Profile


Ester Quintana Matheson


     Ester grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico with Spanish as her first language. She came to Boulder in 1970 with her (then) husband and young son who later graduated from Boulder High. She went back to school and earned a business degree from CU. Ester and her son graduated the same year from CU and Boulder High respectively. (Click here to continue)

Ester and Bob in Cuba.

Letter to BCLL

November 12, 2018

     First, I would like to thank you for supporting our daughter Maritza Rodriguez with your scholarship.  This scholarship has been of great financial support for a great part of her tuition.  Everyone who takes part in this program is part of the fulfillment of our daughter's dream.

Not only has this scholarship been of great economic support, this scholarship has also provided emotional and moral support for my

daughter.  I strongly believe that every student   you    are   helping,  including   my

daughter, asks themselves how someone who does not know them is willing to believe that they can accomplish their goals.  Your support produces encouragement and emotional support, which makes them commit to accomplishing their goals.

     My wife and I want to thank you for supporting and being part of my daughter's dream. We hope that God blesses your lives always.

Thank you. 


Luis E. and Miriam Rodriguez

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