Empowering Latinas in Washington State to become leaders through education and community service
In 2018, LCF named Yaritza Encarnación the 2018-19 Miss Hispanic Seafair and Denisse Dominguez Hispanic Seafair Ambassador. Yaritza Encarnación received the community platform scholarship with Seafair for her women in tech community platform. Denisse Dominguez received the leadership development award and we recognize her work around mental health for her community platform.
In 2018, LCF also awarded scholarships to three Hispanic Seafair Jr. Ambassadors, including Vilma Alvarado Garcia, Jeidy Morales, Cielo Martinez.
Hispanic Seafair 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 Hispanic Seafair selects one woman in the community as Miss Hispanic Seafair, based on her academics, community involvement, public speaking abilities and other soft skills.
In previous years, LCF offered fiscal sponsorship to the Hispanic Seafair Organization. In September 2017, Hispanic Seafair became a program of Latino Community Fund of Washington State. LCF selected the 2017-18 scholarship recipient with the support of past Hispanic Seafair participants. In an effort to provide more scholarship and increase our community presence at Seafair and community events year round, Hispanic Seafair and LCF opted to create the Hispanic Seafair Ambassador scholarship to grant to a second young Latina. As part of the new program experience, participants were part of a cohort to develop and execute community service projects, attend leadership workshops, facilitate community forums.
In 2017, Axa Molina, Miss Hispanic Seafair 2017, received the the prestigious title of Miss Seafair 2017-2018 and a generous scholarship. While Karen Gamez, Hispanic Seafair Ambassador 2017, received the title of 2nd Seafair Princess and a scholarship. It is the second time a Latina wins at Seafair and the first time two representatives make top 3.
Starting in 2019, LCF is once again working to provide scholarships and leadership opportunities for Latinas through the Miss Hispanic Seafair program. To learn more about the program, or to apply for the scholarship, contact Rebeca Barrios at [email protected] or Stephanie Gonzalez at [email protected].