By Kathy Chouteau
Moving Forward, an organization aiming to have a positive impact on the community through health, academic and community service initiatives, held its 2021 scholarship award ceremony and school supply distribution on Aug. 28 at the Richmond Museum of History and Culture, according to Arleide Santos, director of communications/marketing and executive assistant for Moving Forward.
In addition to the organization awarding scholarships to young people at the event, Santos said, Richmond Fire Department Local 188 helped distribute backpacks containing school supplies in the courtyard of the museum. In addition, the organization and the museum have also teamed up to offer a free day at the museum to backpack recipients.
During the ceremony, seven young community leaders were honored by Moving Forward and awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 to pursue higher education. The scholarship recipients were: Alondra Carmona, April Fonseca, Keila Calderon, Rony Yanez, Stephanie Lopez, Ozmar Hurta and Vanessa Garcia. Click here to see photos of this year’s winners, as well as previous ones.
According to Santos, the young applicants were scored and selected based on their qualifications, including: having a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher; be admitted to a 2- or 4-year college or technical school, or be currently enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college or technical school; be between 17 and 29 years old; participation in at least two Moving Forward community events; demonstrate involvement in the community through community service; and have at least one letter of recommendation.
Money raised through Moving Forward’s ‘We Run Richmond 5K’ supported the event. During the ceremony, guest speakers Genoveva Calloway and John Marquez spoke about the history of community activism and the importance of education, Santos said.
Learn more about Moving Forward here.