History of the Scholarship
The Romero Scholarship of Saint Clement is the result of many discussions that took place during the April 2011 visit to 22 de Abril and thereafter, and was finalized in 2014. Our parishioners had important conversations with the youth of the community, the teachers of the Centro Escolar Católico Hermanos Godofredo y Antonio de Graz, and the leaders of the Jean Donovan Association and Parish of Immaculate Conception. They all expressed the need for an opportunity for further education and spoke of the potential changes that this could bring to the neighborhood.
The Romero Scholarship program supports five young adults from the Immaculate Conception parish community with the resources to pursue a university education. This includes tuition, books, uniforms, lab fees, laptops, and any other supplies needed for their studies. These students are in extreme economic need, have the desire and academic potential to attend high school or college, and have a strong commitment to service and solidarity. Scholarship recipients are chosen by members of the Immaculate Conception parish leadership.
The Romero Scholarship was named by the young men and women of Colonia 22 de Abril, who take inspiration in the life and ministry of Saint Oscar Romero, 4th Archbishop of San Salvador, known as the “bishop of the poor.” Romero demanded justice and peace for the Salvadoran people, which could only be found in ensuring people had access to basic needs and in upholding their basic human rights. He became a symbol of hope in a country that has suffered from monumental poverty, injustice and violence.
Currently there are five students who are receiving financial assistance through the Romero Scholarship. They are:
- Silvia Veronica Rivas: majoring in Psychology at Technological University of El Salvador, sings in the parish choir
- Bryan Francisco Castillo Vasquez: majoring in Bilingual Business Administration at Technological University of El Salvador, involved in youth ministry - Bryan is scheduled to graduate this year (2020)
- Sayra Gómez Padilla: majoring in Business Administration at Central American University, involved with prayer groups and religious formation - Sayra is currently working on her thesis and is scheduled to graduate this year (2020)
- Enmanuel Rivas: majoring in Business Administration at Central American University, involved with prayer groups and religious formation
- Kevin Ponce: majoring in Electronic Engineering