Mary Morales, Lulu Perales, Sabina Serratos, and Mary
Jane Flores chose the winners. Lucas County Auditor Anita
López presented ceremonial checks at the Latins United’s
monthly meeting on Sunday afternoon, June 13, 2021.
recently graduated from Bluffton High School with a 4.0 GPA.
Fredritz was a two-year captain of his school’s soccer team,
leading them to a state runner-up in the 2019-20 season. He also
played varsity baseball all four years.
He worked as a
seasonal produce picker and at a Wendy’s restaurant during high
school, all while finding time to volunteer at St. Rita’s
Medical Center in Lima. Adam plans to earn a bachelor’s degree
in exercise science, then pursue medical school, aiming toward a
career as an emergency room physician.
“I’m just fascinated
with science, any part of science,” he said. “I even took a
couple of extra science classes this past year in high school,
just to get me prepared for the next step in college.”
Adam stated a day job
shadowing with a female doctor at St. Rita’s Medical Center
cemented his desire to one day become an ER physician. If he’s
unable to attend medical school at UTMC, he hopes to “venture
out of state” to complete his medical education.
has his sights set on an out-of-this-world career, based on his
interest in SpaceX and the StarLink Project, which aims to
provide global, high-speed internet access to countries without
it, including Latino nations. He plans to pursue two college
degrees: one in mechanical engineering and the other in
aerospace engineering. He’ll begin his college education at the
University of Dayton.
“When I learned about
some of the South American and Central American countries and
how they have Internet, but it’s not the strongest, not the most
free,” he said. “There’s still a lot of places in South America
where they’re still getting books delivered. That’s the way they
do information there. It has to be quicker if they want to grow
faster with the world. That’s something I’d really love to help
To that end, he has
already earned 38 college credits through advanced placement
classes at St. Francis de Sales HS, where he recently graduated
seventh in his class with a 4.3 GPA. He was named to the
National Honor Society and became a National Heisman High School
winner for his combination of academic and athletic success as a
pitcher on the varsity baseball team. He had the lowest
earned-run-average (ERA) in his league this past spring.
“I aspired to be an
astronaut when I was young, but as I have matured, I realized
that instead I want to be part of the team that makes space
exploration possible,” he wrote in his scholarship application.
“Mechanical and aerospace engineering are the driving forces
behind many of the technological and medical advancements we
benefit from today.”
is a 2021 graduate of Sylvania Northview who aspires to one day
be a trauma nurse. He is well on his way in his career
preparation, participating in his high school’s Med-Tech program
junior and senior year, where he’s already earned some college
opportunity would help me financially with tuition and textbook
costs,” he wrote in his scholarship essay. “I currently live
with my retired grandparents who have raised me since I was a
toddler and cannot support me with my college expenses. Since I
was a kid I have always wanted to help people and serve my
Part of his motivation
for wanting to become a nurse is watching the health problems
his paternal grandparents have suffered over the years,
including diabetes, prostate cancer, and heart disease. But he
also wants to help elevate the overall health of the Hispanic
community as well.
Among his high school
accomplishments is a 3.3 GPA, honor roll all four years, and
four varsity letters earned as part of the football team. He
will attend Mercy College of Northwest Ohio.
is currently enrolled as a fourth-year student at the University
of Toledo, where she recently changed her major to disability
studies. She wants to help others one day as a disability
advocate, using her experiences identifying as part of three
“Mostly, I just find
that people just don’t really see disabled people as the same,”
she said. “Disabled people need a voice, especially people with
hidden disabilities like me. I have seizures. Not everyone can
tell I’m disabled. Helping people to find their voice and reach
out for help is the kind of advocate I want to be.”
She currently serves
in UT’s Student Senate and as a university social media
ambassador. She has worked as a summer camp counselor and at a
is a senior at the University of Michigan studying computer
science, with an interest in one day working as a software
engineer in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
“It’s the idea of one
day using it to solve the world’s problems that we as humans
can’t accomplish,” he said, noting that a field trip to the
university and seeing firsthand their work with Toyota on
artificial intelligence sold him on it as a possible career.
“I’m willing to make that my journey through life.”
The former St. John’s
HS valedictorian maintains a 3.88 GPA, while working as a
research associate at the university’s Transportation Research
Institute and as a supplemental instructor at the Engineering
Center for Academic Success
plans to attend Kent State University and major in business
management this winter, once she completes basic training in the
Ohio Army National Guard this summer. She hopes to one day open
her own business after completing a military career.
Ashia was unable to
attend the scholarship awards ceremony because she was at basic
training, but her family was there on her behalf. She sent a
message to Latins United through her sister:
“I am grateful you
give the opportunity for us young adolescents to grow and make a
difference in our community.”
She graduated from
Oregon Clay HS in May with a 3.2 GPA, while competing in the
junior business education group DECA. She previously was a
member of the concert choir and FFA. She has worked as a team
supervisor at Tim Hortons and as a style consultant at Target.
is entering her third year of college, transferring from Eastern
Michigan to the University of Toledo, majoring in social work.
She has earned a 3.6 GPA and hopes to work with children—one day
earning her master’s degree to become a therapist for kids. She
intends to use the scholarship money on textbooks.
“Books are expensive.
One book last semester was $170. I was in six classes,” she
recalled. “I just want to help kids. I love helping kids. I know
it’s going to be hard emotionally, hearing what they’ve gone
through, but I want to help any way that I can.”
The 2019 Central
Catholic HS graduate has volunteered at Mosaic Ministries and
Cherry St. Mission, while also working as a sales associate at
Champs Sports and as a cashier at Arby’s.
including the Spanish American Organization and Diamante,
will award scholarships separately later this summer.