A local LGBT Latinx group called League of United Latin American Citizens Lambda, or LULAC Lambda, announced on Monday that it has selected two D.C. students to receive its first-ever scholarships to help advance their academic studies.
In a statement the group said the two students selected following an application process that began in October are Mirna Elizabeth Maldonado, 17, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in D.C.; and Maria Gramajo, 19, an American University student.
“I’m very thankful that our very first scholarships will go to two young women who want to better society after they graduate,” said LULAC Lambda President Jesse Garcia. “Both are proud daughters of immigrants who recognize the importance of family, social justice, and equality,” Garcia said.
In a statement, LULAC Lambda said Maldonado is a soccer player and cheerleader at her high school, where she will graduate in May. She has also volunteered with the National LULAC Office. LULAC national is considered the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the U.S. Maldonado also studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, according to the statement.
Gramajo has served as a student government leader at American University and has been an advocate for environmental issues and immigration reform, including passage by Congress of the DREAM Act.