With a humble start ignited solely by the passion of our founder and a small board of directors, the Barrientos Scholarship Foundation was born in 2005 with the first scholarships awarded during our inaugural Latino Heritage Awards banquet.

Without the benefit of having a large endowment of cash reserves to draw upon, we have been fortunate enough to be able to increase the amount of scholarship awarded each year based upon the generosity of local businesses, organizations, and individuals who support our mission.

The following annual breakdown of scholarships awarded and student testimonials highlight the impact we're making.

Financial Impact

Year Scholarships Awarded Total Value of Awards
2005 4 $1,000
2006 6 $2,000
2007 17 $5,250
2008 13 $4,750
2009 13 $6,500
2010 12 $9,000
2011 15 $11,250
2012 17 $12,250
2013 24 $18,000
2014 15 $29,000
Total 136 $109,000

Student Testimonials

The impact we're making goes beyond the financial aid contributions highlighted above. The following are testimonials from recent scholarship recipients.

"Receiveing this scholarship has been very important to me because it gives me as a young female Latina, the opportunity to pursue a higher education that not many get a chance to do."

"By awarding me the Barrientos Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity and kindness are not only great encouragement to my efforts, but also has inspired me to help others and continue giving back to the community."

"Receiving this scholarship is very important to me because I will be the first one in my family to obtain a post secondary education. With this scholarship I will be able to accomplish my dream of going to college and succeeding in life."

"I appreciate the recognition of my hard work and perseverance."

"Throughout my senior  year I spent many minutes, hours, and days working on college and scholarship applications. Even though I was rejected several times for some scholarships I never gave up and continued to work hard in order to accomplish my goal. To me, this scholarship means too much to describe with words; for this schoarship is proof that by working hard and never giving up there will always be a reward waiting for one at the end of the road."

"This scholarship is important to me because it shows that people believe in my abilities and potential to become a success. I aim to fulfill the expectations as a recipient of this scholarship."

"Thanks to this scholarship, the lack of money will be less of an obstacle and I will be able to focus on getting my degree rather than on trying to find ways to pay for it."

"This scholarship means alot to me. Not only is it going to help me with my education, it will help me teach others the importance in ones own heritage and to be proud of your background. Being Latina brings great pride to me and I am so blessed to have received this Scholarship. My education is important to me, it is my key to success."

"Receiving the Barrientos Scholarship means the world to me. It has given me the opportunity to follow my dreams and to do what I really like. Speaking from the bottom of my heart I can say that this is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, something I will appreciate for a very long time."

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