Wendell High School Senior Michael Sandoval and Emerson High School Seniors Maribel Trejo, and Kasha Roberts were each awarded a $2000 North Wind, Inc. scholarship at the 2009 Hispanic Youth Symposium (HYS) held in Sun Valley, April 24-26. These students are part of more than 150 Idaho Latino high school students that received college scholarships totaling over $4 million at this year’s symposium.
The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Energy, the contractors at the Idaho National Laboratory, Gem State Diversity Initiatives, state agencies and private employers. The target is to encourage Hispanic teens to seek better futures for themselves by remaining in school and pursuing a college education. During the event, students learned about the value of a good education and were offered opportunities to explore diverse career paths by attending and participating in various workshops, interactive skills contests and presentations by motivational speakers.
Over 300 junior and senior high school students from all over the state of Idaho attended the symposium, which is in its 20th year. For many attendees, an HYS scholarship is the only opportunity they have to further their education. Many of the HYS participants are the first in their families to have the opportunity to attend college. For the 20th anniversary, the symposium invited past alumni to attend and speak about how the HYS changed their lives.