Sharemoney Immigrant Support Scholarship
2017 Award Winner- Erika Chocolatl
Sharemoney has selected Erika Chocolatl as recipient of the 2017 Sharemoney Immigrant Support Scholarship. Erika and her family’s story emigrating from Mexico to pursue a better life in the US aligns with the purpose of the award: to support the hard-working immigrant communities here in the US and help them achieve a higher standard of living.
Erika’s profile stood out from other applicants’ due to her strong GPA, varied extracurricular activities, and inspiring essay. She’s achieved Dean’s List both semesters at Rutgers despite her challenging coursework which included Information Systems, Computer Programming, and Philosophy of Law. She’s done this while working part time averaging between 15-30 hours per week.
Her extracurricular activities reflect a commitment to excellence and a desire to give back to her community. As ambassador for the Rutgers Admission office Erika has taken on the responsibility of welcoming and orienting new students on campus. As member of the Rutgers Dreamers club she helps the organization empower undocumented communities through education. Erika is also a member of the Rutgers Philosophy club where she participates in discussions that promote further exploration of the subjects she and her classmates study in school.
Erika’s family emigrated from a small town in Mexico when she was only 8 years old. Once here her mother studied English to adapt to the new environment and her father worked his way up from busboy to a well respected Italian cook. Erika got her license in Cosmetology but decided she wanted to pursue a higher education. She received her Associate’s degree from Passaic Community College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Information Management Sciences & Systems while minoring in Philosophy. In her essay she quoted Nietzsche saying “I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage”. The sacrifices they made in leaving their friends and family in Mexico to work for a better future are testimony to this.
To support her and her family Erika has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to help cover her educational expenses this upcoming semester. We look forward to seeing how Erika’s story continues to unfold and wish her all the best in this wonderful journey!