Scholarship supports Latinx Gators pursuing careers in STEM

Author: Kanaga Rajan
December 19, 2022
scholars on stage in formal wear to accept awards
Photo Credit: Tess Stevens

SF State is the most represented university in the 2022 cohort of the Latinos in Technology Scholarship program.

“I was the first in my family to ever go to a four-year [college]. As a Latina, I’m very proud of myself,” said San Francisco State University student Carmen Vargas Velazquez. As the youngest in her large Hispanic family — around 25 aunts and uncles — she says her drive in science stems from her experiences with her family.

Vargas and 10 other San Francisco State students are among the 52 recipients of the 2022 Latinos in Technology Scholarship (LITSI) from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV). With 11 awardees, SF State is the most represented university in this year’s cohort and ranks third in scholarships received between 2016 and 2021.

The program provides Latinx STEM students with up to $10,000 in annual financial support for up to three years plus professional development and internship opportunities. This year’s SF State recipients are in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering.

Read the SF State News story.