Bertha Adame receives this year’s Isac Amaya Scholarship

Isac Amaya Foundation board members present this year's scholarship to winner Bertha Adame.

Isac Amaya Foundation board members present this year’s scholarship to winner Bertha Adame.

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Purchase your Isac Amaya Foundation Fundraiser Dinner Tickets Here!

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Selfie Scavenger Hunt: Win a $2,000 Scholarship!

If you are a high school senior or undergraduate college student, you have a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship by participating in the Isac Amaya Foundation’s Selfie Scavenger Hunt! Click here for full guidelines and registration form.

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The business community supports our work!

foto de MarthaMartha Navarro from HomeSmart Realty is the newest member of the business community to support our work through ongoing contributions to our Scholarship fund.

For all of 2014, Martha will donate $50 for every home she sells, for up to 100 homes. After 100 homes, she will double her donation! Additionally, she has committed to air information about the work of the Isac Amaya Foundation on her weekly show “Arizona Mi Casa,” which airs on Tuesdays on Onda 1190 AM.

If you are looking to purchase a home, please consider Martha Navarro ( as your realtor and know that by going that route, you will also be contributing to the higher education dreams of Arizona’s youth.

We thank Martha for her commitment to education and to the students of Arizona!

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IAF Receives $5,000 Grant!

The Isac Amaya Foundation (IAF) received a “Growing Our Movement” grant from the Somos América coalition last week!

This gets us closer to our goal of raising $40,000 in 2014 and be able to provide more scholarships to students! The grant will be used to increase our capacity to raise more funds; it will cover the costs of our annual fundraising dinner scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 3.

$5,000 down, $35,000 to go! You can help us achieve our fundraising goal this year by making a contribution to our scholarship fund. Just click the Donate button on our site.

We extend our congratulations to the other recipients of the “Growing Our Movement grant, Unlimited Potential, Arizona Workers Center, Mi Familia Vota and Promise Arizona, and we give big thanks to Somos América!

Nuvia Enriquez from the Isac Amaya Foundation (second from left to right) with other recipients of the Somos América grant and Somos' former board president Daniel Rodriguez.

Nuvia Enriquez from the Isac Amaya Foundation (second from left to right) with other recipients of the Somos América grant and Somos’ former board president Daniel Rodriguez.

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A Successful #IAmInformed Community Education Forum

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On Saturday, Feb. 22, we had the opportunity to provide information to dozens of families on how they could get their kids to and through college. Attendees of our community forum were able to hear from students who have done fundraising campaigns to pay for their college education, community leaders who advocate for students’ education regardless of status, college representatives and scholarship grantors.

We would like to thank the Roosevelt School District and Percy L. Julian Elementary School for opening their doors to us and hosting the forum. We’d also like to thank Marcelino Quiñónez for making this partnership happen.

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We extend a special thank you to our presenters and panelists: Attorney Ray Ybarra, Lily Cañedo from No Dream Deferred, tireless student advocate Carmen Cornejo, panel moderator Eduardo Bernal, FAFSA expert Ruth Nsubuga from Grand Canyon University, graduate students and fundraising gurus Daniel Rodriguez and Germán Cadenas as well as the ingenious and creative Yolanda Medina who was the winner of the Isac Amaya Foundation’s Eureka contest last year, and finally, Laura Suarez for her scholarship knowledge.

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We’d also like to thank all those who helped us promote this forum with their networks: Esmeralda Peralta from Be a Leader Foundation, Univisión, Gerardo Higginson, Mariela Gomez de Ell from Onda 1190, Radio Campesina’s community outreach team, Miguel Calvillo, Eileana Gudiño from Valley of the Sun United Way and Bridget McDonald from Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix among others.

A heartfelt thank you to the youth who volunteered during the day, making sure that people knew where to go and ensuring that everyone registered to receive more education information.

Lastly, the Isac Amaya Foundation would like to sincerely thank the members of the organization for their tireless and selfish work as volunteers. The work of the foundation would not be possible without these people: Diali Avila, Laura Suarez, Sayra Sandoval, Gabriela Arias, Nuvia Enriquez, Giovana Aviles, Eduardo Bernal, Martin Córdova, Juan Gomez, Luis Avila and in this case, special thanks to Jessica Valiente and Carmen Suarez for leading the planning of the #IamInformed community education forum. #WeAretheIsacAmayaFoundation

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#IAmInformed Community Education Forum on Feb. 22

IAmInformedThe Isac Amaya Foundation will host its annual #IAmInformed Community Education Forum to educate students and parents on how to get to and through college.

We will offer workshops about:

- How to get scholarships regardless of immigration status
– Effective fundraising strategies to pay for college
– How to fill out the application for federal financial aid (FAFSA)
– The most current information about DACA, the DREAM Act, Immigration Reform and the struggle for instate tuition

The forum will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at P.L. Julian Elementary School located at 2149 E. Carver in Phoenix. Lunch will be provided!

Workshops and panels will be imparted by students who have financed their education by raising their own funds, DREAM Act, DACA and Immigration Reform activists, the Isac Amaya Foundation, and immigration lawyers among others. During the forum, attendees will also receive a package with information about more than 100 available scholarships that don’t require a social security number, including scholarships given by the Isac Amaya Foundation, as well as other important resources related to getting into college.

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La Fundación Isac Amaya realizará su foro comunitario anual denominado #IAmInformed (estoy informado) para proveer información a estudiantes y padres de familia sobre como obtener una educación universitaria.

Ofreceremos talleres sobre:

- Cómo obtener becas sin importar el estatus migratorio
– Cómo realizar campañas de recaudación de fondos para pagar la universidad
– Cómo llenar su solicitud de ayuda financiera federal FAFSA (en el caso de estudiantes ciudadanos)
– La información más reciente sobre DACA, el DREAM Act, la Reforma Migratoria y la lucha porque los estudiantes indocumentados paguen menores colegiaturas en colegios y universidades de Arizona.

El foro se llevará a cabo de 10 a.m. a 2:30 p.m. en la escuela P.L. Julian, localizada en 2149 E. Carver en Phoenix. Se proveerá comida.

Estudiantes y padres de familia podrán participar en talleres impartidos por estudiantes que han financiado su educación recaudando sus propios fondos, activistas del DREAM Act, Acción Diferida (DACA) y la Reforma Migratoria, la Fundación Isac Amaya y abogados de inmigración entre otros.

Durante el foro también se distribuirá un paquete con información sobre más de 100 becas que no requieren que los estudiantes provean un número de seguro social, incluyendo becas otorgadas por la Fundación Isac Amaya, al igual que otros recursos importantes para el ingreso a la universidad.

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