Hispanic Seafair Scholarship Program

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Latino Community Fund cultivates new leaders, supports cultural and community based non-profit organizations, and improves the quality of life for all Washingtonians. To achieve our mission and address the needs of Latinos, LCF programs create a vibrant community through civic engagement, healthy families, arts and culture. We offer fiscal sponsorship to organizations and programs in various development phases. Through this capacity building, LCF provides technical assistance, leadership development, and fundraising support to programs and organizations that provide value to the Latino community in our state.

We are proud to offer fiscal sponsorship to Hispanic Seafair Organization. HSO is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) organization which started in 1980 with the intention to unite the Latino community and empower young Latinas to become leaders through education, community service and scholarship.

Every year HSO selects one deserving role-model in the community as Miss Hispanic Seafair, based on her academics, community involvement, public speaking abilities and other essential skills. She's awarded with an academic scholarship to continue her studies, and a year filled with networking and career opportunities. In an effort to provide more scholarship and increase our community presence at Seafair and community events year round, Hispanic Seafair has opted to grant a scholarship to two different well-deserving young women.

It is our pleasure to announce the selection of our new Miss Hispanic Seafair 2017-2018, Axa Molina. Axa is a former Olympics-qualifying wrestler,  and current graduate student at Lindenwood University where she currently holds a 4.0 GPA.

The 2017 Hispanic Seafair Ambassador, Karen Gamez López is a student at the University of Washington. Karen’s extensive background in serving the underrepresented youth through programs such as LEAP, LSU and personal mentorship have earned her many awards including the Leadership Award and Diversity Award from GRCC.

Both young women will represent the Hispanic/Latinx community at the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women this summer, and we look forward to supporting them throughout the year.

As Miss Hispanic Seafair, Axa will:

  • Participate in the Miss Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, as a representative of HSO and the Hispanic Community.
  • Attend all Seafair community events during the month of July and August.
  • Make public appearances at community events throughout 2017-2018.
  • Be willing to help and volunteer at Hispanic Seafair Events.
  • Potentially travel to Mazatlan, Mexico for “Carnaval” where she will participate as an Ambassador for Washington.

As our Hispanic Seafair Ambassador, Karen will:

  • Be an ambassador for the ALIANZA Leadership Network. This is the first network, across WA State, of Latinxs, Chicanxs and Hispanix students creating change in their communities.
  • Participate in the Miss Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, as a representative of HSO and the Hispanic Community.
  • Attend all Seafair community events during the month of July and August.
  • Make public appearances at community events throughout 2017-2018.
  • Be willing to help and volunteer at Hispanic Seafair Events.

To book an appearance for Miss Hispanic Seafair and or the Hispanic Seafair Ambassador, please contact us at: hispanicseafair@gmail.com or 206.380.6080. We invite you to read below to find out more about our newest community representatives and role models.


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Miss Hispanic Seafair 2017

Axa Molina’s passion for advancing Latinos in higher education led her to applying for Miss Hispanic Seafair. Being a first generation child of immigrants, she quickly learned that being a traditional good student would not be enough in her efforts to earn a Bachelors Degree one day.

Axa’s family immigrated to the United States from Guatemala in 1989. They first resided in Los Angeles and experienced the L.A. Riots as a child in 1992, as well as Proposition 187, one of the contemporary racially charged laws that intended to exclude immigrants from access to health care and K-12 Education. In 1995, her family found refuge in Seattle, WA.

In 2016, she graduated from the Lindenwood University earning a degree Athletic Training and a minor in nutrition. Throughout her undergraduate career, Axa served as a captain and team member on the Lindenwood women’s wrestling team. While at Lindenwood, Axa earned All-American honors including qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Trials.

Upon graduation, Axa stumbled into a graduate assistant position at Lindenwood University as an Academic Success Advisor for the NCAA student-athletes. She currently mentors, advises and counsels athletes whom are at-risk. Axa is seeking her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling as she aspires to one day to pursue a PhD in Sports Psychology.

When she is not conquering the world of athletes’ academics at Lindenwood University, Axa enjoys baking and creating new recipes for loved ones to savor!


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 2017 Miss Hispanic Seafair Ambassador

Karen Arlette Gamez Lopez is passionate about education, social justice, and public policy/politics. She hopes to make higher education a reality, by making college more accessible, and by placing equal importance in making students feel protected, supported, and valued, once they are on campus.

She was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, and was brought to the US at the age of three. Karen graduated from Kent-Meridian High School in Kent with a High School diploma and an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. She obtained her Associates in Arts from Green River College, and is currently studying at the University of Washington, in hopes of majoring in American Ethnic Studies, and double minoring in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and Education, Learning, and Society. She aspires to foster diversity and achieve racial equity across the country by directly influencing legislation.

 

 

 

 

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