The mission of 100 Hispanic Women, Westchester Chapter is to lead Latinas towards excellence in leadership.

100HWW Virtual 2021 Scholarship Award Winners


Angelica Rodriguez

“As a Latina who will soon be transitioning into a four year college, I wish to accomplish all my life goals. With the guidance of my family, friends, professors and those around me, I know I will succeed as a health professional.”


Èva Medina-Weiner

“Growing up, I always dreamed of attending college. Now I feel even closer to making my dream a reality. As a child, I was constantly surrounded by strong Latina Women. My Abuelita Lina, who immigrated to the United States when she was just 16 years old, is incredibly hardworking, brave and most importantly kind-hearted. She along with my mother is one of the many Hispanic women who have helped me to form my own identity while giving me the ability to view the world with a perspective I would not want to live without. I am grateful to the 100 Hispanic Women scholarship committee for supporting me in achieving my goals by helping me afford a higher education. In college, I plan to major in neuroscience, where I will take the next step in learning about the biological nature of human behavior. I am proud and excited to represent a community of hardworking Latina women on my college campus next fall.”


Gabriella DeJesus

“I am a 17 year-old woman of Puerto Rican heritage born and raised in Yonkers, New York. I am so grateful to be awarded this scholarship and be a part of a community of so many strong and influential Hispanic women. Being raised in a Hispanic household has taught me the value of hard work and dedication to achieve what you set your mind to. I have gained such a strong pride in my schoolwork and I hope to continue this stride in college. My goal is to study psychology as my undergraduate major and then pursue a degree in law. I want to use my position as a Hispanic woman to fight for those who constantly face injustices because of their race or ethnicity.” “


Jasmin Espitia

“I am proud and excited to be part of the first generation of students that will be attending college. I am grateful for the support of my parents, and of all those who have helped me along this difficult process. One of my goals is to become a successful OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner and I am determined to achieve it.”


Kelly Diaz Rojas

“I am 17 years old and come from immigrant parents. I thank them very much for always letting me dream big and believing in me. I am also beyond grateful to the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester Chapter for giving me the opportunity to be awarded this scholarship. This scholarship will help me inspire more Latinx people to attend college and join fields where we are minorities. I want to become a civil engineer and this scholarship will only get me closer to achieving this dream.”


Lissette A. Reyes

“I am extremely grateful to have received the 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester Scholarship. This has given me the opportunity to continue demonstrating excellence and integrity in my academic pursuit at a collegiate level while being a leader in my community. I aspire to join the field of medicine as I believe it will give me the greatest sense of fulfillment and allow me to better contribute to my community. Currently, I am part of the Youth to Youth club where I volunteer in a campaign to empower my peers and community to live a substance-free life. I am also a member of the First Robotics Team 5123 which aims to raise money to create several amazing opportunities for students to explore the field of STEM.”


Maria Quiroz

“My name is Maria Quiroz. The major I intend to pursue is Nursing. I have been accepted into Mercy College, Molloy College, Pace University, Dominican College, 2 SUNY, and 6 CUNY colleges. My extracurricular activities include of volunteering at my local library and being part of Community Leadership Academy of Yonkers. Last year, l was apart of the International Gala as a Mexican Gala Performer and during the summer I joined MedSquared Summer Intensive Program where I met current medical professionals. It brings joy to my heart when helping out my community and I’ll continue to do so in every way possible.”


Otilia Rivas

“I plan on breaking the invisible barriers between post secondary education and first generation students one day at a time. Within my generation and my community, that is something that seems almost unobtainable because of where we live and who we are. As a future Law graduate, I’d like to be able to say, ‘I achieved the American Dream.'”


Samantha Martinez

“My name is Samantha Martinez and I am a senior at White Plains High School. I am of Salvadoran descent and have lived in New York with my parents for my entire life. I plan to major in neuroscience and possibly minor in philosophy or music in college. I hope to continue my education up to a doctoral degree and become a scientific researcher at a neuroscience laboratory. I am also a pianist, cellist, and mariachi performer. I hope to carry all of my diverse interests in college and beyond.”


Yuddy Fermin

“I am very honored to have been recognized for my strive and devotion to education as an Afro-Hispanic woman. It’s a privilege to be a part of a program whose goal is to empower fellow Hispanic women to continue to push towards success. Growing up, my parents raised me to understand the importance of education and the hardships I would face in the near future towards achieving my goals. Their constant reassurance that the obstacles would be worth going through is what inspires me daily to do my best to make them proud of the woman I will soon become. I am proud to say that I am a determined, independent, Dominican woman who is driven by my dream to motivate young Hispanic girls, like myself, that they can do anything they put their minds to. I aspire to prove something not only to myself, but to the world. That we are powerful, we are here with strength in our voices and our actions, and we will be known for it.”