Partnership Names Scholarship Recipient

PHOTO: Elizabeth (second from right) is the recipient of the 2021 “For Your Success” college scholarship award sponsored by Canastas Chicken Restaurants, Sacred Heart Center (SHC), Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI), and an anonymous donor. With her are (from left) Elizabeth Solano, youth programs coordinator at SHC; Lyons Sanchezconcha, a member of the SLI Advisory Council; and Ever Guevara Rodriguez, Canastas owner.

A 2021 graduate of Huguenot High School in Richmond is the recipient of the 2021 “For Your Success” college scholarship, sponsored by Canastas Chicken Restaurants, Sacred Heart Center, Scholars Latino Initiative, and an anonymous donor.

Elizabeth was selected to receive the $1,000 award. She plans to study business at Virginia Commonwealth University and become a Realtor.

“There should be no obstacles in life to prohibit you from doing what you really want to do,” she wrote in her scholarship application. “I want to be able to help people find their economical and comfortable home for their future family. In order for me to be able to help out I will have to study very hard and be focused in school.”

Students in the Sacred Heart Center College & Career-Bound Program were eligible to apply for the scholarship, whose sponsors included:

  • Canastas Chicken Restaurants has locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, and Henrico, and boasts “the best Pollo a la Brasa you will ever try.” 
  • Sacred Heart Center (SHC) supports Latinos in Richmond through programs such as adult education, family literacy, citizenship classes, and more. 
  • Scholars Latino Initiative supports Latinx high school students through college access opportunities, with programs in Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Winchester.

“Along with our partners, we are delighted to support our determined students,” said Elizabeth Solano, youth programs coordinator at SHC. “We look forward to Elizabeth’s success in college and beyond.”