SHPE Foundation

Academic Excellence and Leadership Award

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 2007 AELA Recipient
The Academic Excellence and Leadership Award is presented as a college scholarship to qualified Hispanic high school rising seniors (i.e. juniors moving into their senior year) who demonstrate strong academics, leadership experience, service, and interest in attending college and pursuing a degree in STEM. The $2,500 scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate significant motivation in pursuing both a college degree and a leadership position in a STEM field.


  • Hispanic descent
  • Rising Senior (i.e. High school junior entering their senior year 2013)
  • Attend an accredited high school in the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have demonstrated leadership within or outside of school
  • Have demonstrated active service within the Hispanic community
  • Accepted into an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico in fall 2014
  • Attend the Pre-College Symposium at the 2013 SHPE Foundation Conference at Indianapolis, ON November 1st 2013


High school rising seniors must be nominated by their teacher, advisor, coach or school counselor. Nominations include

  1. The Nomination Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Official Transcript
  4. Nomination Letter


Click Here to Download the Current Application.


Complete nominations must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) BY August 15th 2013.


Students will be notified of their selection by September 2013 of their senior year. Students who receive this award are REQUIRED to attend the Pre-College Symposium at the SHPE Conference at Indianapolis, IN November 1st 2013. Registration and airline travel voucher will be provided by SHPE Foundation.

Award recipients will receive the scholarship upon successfully enrolling in an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico, in fall 2014.



Kailey Garland - El Paso High School, El Paso, TX

Ryan Hernandez - Nolan Catholic High School, Colleyville, TX

Katya M Sutil - Oxford Academy, Cypress, CA

Joshua Robinson - Gainesville High School, Gainesville, GA

The SHPE Foundation - Previous Reciepients 2012


Eduardo Romero - Community Charter Early College High School, Pomona, CA

Leonel Jr Blanco - Bell Gardens, CA

Kayla M McCue - La Canada High School, La Canada, CA

Eric Espinoza - Riverside Polytechnic High, Riverside, CA

Ayden A Lopez - Etiwanda High School, Fontana, CA


Walter Gorra - Glenwood Springs HS, Springs, CO

Carmen Mercado - Northern Burlington, Mercerville, NJ

Sean Peters - Yuma Catholic HS, Yuma, AZ

Jose Martinez - El Paso HS, El Paso, TX

Daniel Martinez - Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas, TX

Annamarie McKellipsj - Our Lady of Peace, El Cajon, CA

Rafael Ortega - World Language HS, Chicago, IL


Catalina Ramirez, Colegio Ponceño, Ponce, PR.

Erick Yanez, Tollesen High School, Tolleson, AZ.

Carolyn R. Andia, JFK High School, Patterson, NJ.

Alejandro Azocar, Cyprus Creek High Schoo, Houston, TX.


Camila Peña, Dallas SHPE Jr. graduate from Guyer HS. Accepted into Texas A&M University to pursue Industrial Engineering.

Maria Liliana Carrillo, Hispanic Youth Voice of Tampa SHPE Jr. Undecided college.

Pedro Parga, Northside HS SHPE Jr. graduate. Undecided college.

Victor Lopez, Senior Jersey Village High School, Houston, TX.

2007 Shiann Mayorga, Poughkeepsie HS SHPE Jr. graduate. Accepted into Syracuse University to pursue Chemistry.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Sunset HS SHPE Jr. graduate. Accepted into The University of Texas at Austin to pursue Mechanical Engineering.