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The Foundation received over 1200 applications from low income mothers who are pursuing post-secondary education at all levels. We are pleased to announce this year's awardees: 

Valeska Castaneda
American Studies BA degree program
University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

An immigrant rights activist and domestic/sexual abuse survivor, Valeska deploys her education to advance human rights goals. Her experiences as an immigrant who came to the US as a child, as a single mother, and as a community organizer, inspire her academic interests. She hopes to go on to earn a PhD on her path to becoming a professor of Latin American or Ethnic Studies.

Ting Jiang
Social Work Masters' degree program
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Once she has her MSW in hand, Ting plans to work with Department of Mental Health helping at-risk/homeless adolescents lead positive self-sufficient lives. She also hopes to pursue a PhD in preparation for future work assisting youth globally through the United Nations.

Lauren Li'i Nahiwa
Hawaiian Studies AA degree program
Windward Community College (Fall '15)
Kaneohe, HI
Hawaiian Studies/Political Science BA degree program
University of Hawaii-Manoa (Spring '16)
Honolulu, HI

Li'i is building undergraduate foundations in preparation for the study of law with an emphasis on Native Hawaiian law. She hopes to serve the Native Hawaiian community through advocacy and policy work to advance Native Hawaiian education and other issues affecting the indigenous community.

Takeallah Rivera
Pre-Nursing AS degree program
Clover Park Technical College
Lakewood, WA

A survivor, single mother, and activist, Takeallah is preparing for advanced work in public health and social justice. She plans to pursue advanced degrees in nursing, while also developing expertise in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Spanish, Sociology, and Ethnic Studies. She aims to serve low-income women of color as a women's health nurse practitioner, a health educator, and a gender studies professor.

Name withheld
JD degree program
University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Law
Kansas City, MO

Plans to use her law degree as an advocate for child and adult victims of domestic abuse. She plans to provide legal representation to victims and also to work on policies to better serve DV survivors and more effectively reform batterers.

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