Monthly Archives: August 2012

Isel Otero-Vera: The Profugo Blog

Isabel in India

CDI is excited to report that class of 2008 Scholar Isel Otero Vera, a 2012 graduate of Bryn Mawr, is spending the next year in Kerala, India as part of an exchange program with Profugo, an international nonprofit focused on helping developing nations. As part of her duties, she’s managing three projects: a women’s tailoring cooperative, an agricultural project, and an aquaponics project. Sound exciting? It sure does. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s Isabel herself describing her work on the tailoring project:

“I’m collaborating with a group of women to develop a business cooperative for local and international markets.  The project also includes business and English classes. The women are teaching me how to speak Malayalam (the local language). After much giggling (my accent in Malayalam is very funny), I’ve already mastered the colors, articles of clothing, and some other tailoring-related words. I have also learned the Malayalam names of some fruits and vegetables for the agricultural project. We are building a community kitchen garden with area children. We have also visited a couple of local agencies involved in organic farming and they seem very happy to collaborate with us as we try to incorporate some of their techniques in our community.”

You can find out more about Isabel’s adventures in India on her blog,  Isel Otero Vera–The Profugo Blog. But we’ll also post excerpts from her blog periodically right here.

Available Scholarships

With a special nod to Scholar Ha Young Kim (who assembled this list) and counselor Rachel Jones, here is a list of upcoming scholarships that are available to students. Please review and check the website links to see if you are eligible.

United Negro College Fund– For college students: Freshman, sophomores, juniors & seniors

(Online application open August 2012, various deadlines)

Microsoft Scholarship Opportunity for Computer Engineering Students– For college students

(2013-2014 information will be available Fall 2012)

Society for Science & the Public– Science research competition for high school seniors

(Online application open late 2012)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund– For high school seniors

(Deadline: Jan 2013, but the online application opens in 2012)

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Scholarship– For high school seniors and college students

(Deadline: Every March 1st)

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program– For high school seniors

(Deadline: March 15, 2013)

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation– For high school seniors

(Deadline: March 2013)

The Jackie Robinson Foundation– For high school seniors

(Deadline: March 2013)

*Applicants must be minority high school seniors with demonstrated financial need and academic achievement and who have already been accepted to a four-year college or university.

CDI Honors 2012 Graduates at Bon Voyage Party

On August 4th, CDI honored its graduating Scholars at the Bauer Community Center in Rockville, MD. In past years, this event–known as the Bon Voyage party–celebrated our high school Scholars. This year, with our second class of Scholars graduating from college, we revised the format to include all of our graduates. Watch the slideshow!

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