Community Notes

Fiesta de las Estrellas Celebrates ‘Star’ Scholars at UC San Diego

April 26, 2013

16th annual event has raised more than $1 million to benefit outstanding students

The UC San Diego Hispanic Scholarship Council hosted its 16th annual Fiesta de las Estrellas on April 25 to raise scholarship funds for outstanding students, with an opportunity for donors to meet the students whose lives will be transformed by their gift. Translated “Celebration of the Stars,” the event will honor 17 “star” UC San Diego scholarship recipients. Since Fiesta was established, the event has raised more than $1 million to help ensure that talented and motivated students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to acquire a world-class education at UC San Diego.

“We appreciate the generosity of our sponsors and friends who are helping to ensure that all outstanding, deserving students have access to a UC San Diego education,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We also applaud our talented students who will be recognized as part of this special annual event. They are the visionaries and innovators of tomorrow.”

Marcela Alvarez

Marcela Alvarez

This year, all new and increased donations will be matched by a gift from the estate of Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan. All contributions will directly benefit scholarships for exceptional students like Marcela Alvarez, a freshman at UC San Diego and one of this year’s scholarship recipients.

Alvarez is studying management science and envisions herself as a business leader in the future. “I wish to spend my time doing something I love and enjoy,” said Alvarez. “It is my intent to lead an influential company so that I can make a difference in my community.”

Alvarez learned the principles of perseverance and dedication early on. During high school she worked 30 hours a week to provide financial assistance to her family, but still managed to earn the Salutatorian position in her graduating class. With a drive to succeed, Alvarez is confident that, with the generous support of donors, she will be able to achieve her academic and career ambitions. “It fills me with immense satisfaction just knowing that I was selected over so many others to receive this scholarship,” said Alvarez. “It pushes me to keep going no matter what, and it proves that I am capable of anything.”

The UC San Diego Hispanic Scholarship Council, founded in 1998, supports stellar students with financial need. As the State of California’s contribution declines—only 6.6 percent of campus revenue comes from state funds for education—all UC students feel the burden of tuition fees, making donations more critical than ever.

“Your kindness has inspired me to help others and give back,” said Alvarez. “I hope that one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals, just as you have helped me.” UC San Diego Hispanic Scholarship Council Scholarship donors include Hewlett-Packard, Qualcomm, Felipe ’89 and Gabriela ’89 Manriquez, Intuit and Union Bank.

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