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FABF Foundation Announces 2023 STEAM Scholarship Award Winners

Updated: Apr 19

The Foundation recognizes Rosa Flores Bautista, Yen Do, Evan Lu, and Juan Espinal-Mejia for as exceptional scholars of the year who are ardently pursuing degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)

MIAMI, Dec. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Louis Hernandez Jr.'s Foundation For A Bright Future ("For A Bright Future") ("FABF"), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of underrepresented and underprivileged children through education, healthcare, the arts, and youth leadership development, awarded its 2023 STEAM Scholarships to Rosa Flores Bautista, 18, of California; Yen Do, 23, of California; Evan Lu, 18, of Philadelphia; and Juan Espinal-Mejia, 23, of Florida.

The charitable organization was founded by Louis Hernandez, Jr., CEO of Black Dragon Capital℠, a multi-phased investment firm focused on advanced technologies in high-growth segments that strengthen economic stability within communities. Committed to illuminating the path toward success, For A Bright Future provides scholarships with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics), financial technology, healthcare, and education. These opportunities are especially tailored to uplift students from underserved demographics, including those from single-parent households and families with military backgrounds.

"Born and raised in a marginalized and overlooked community, I've personally witnessed and endured the unique social and economic pressures that children who grow up in these communities face. For A Bright Future Foundation was created to open doors of educational opportunities for these promising young individuals that could significantly transform their lives. It aims to aid them in realizing their inherent potential, thus enabling them to contribute positively to their community.. The inspiring stories from this ' 'year's STEAM Scholarship recipients serve as a testament to this mission. Their achievements fill us with immense pride, and we eagerly anticipate their onward journey in education, illuminating their path towards a promising tomorrow," said Louis Hernandez Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Board, FABF.

Rosa Flores Bautista

Rosa Flores Bautista is currently a high school student at the Maywood Center for Enriched Studies and will 'take up abachelor's degree in Sociology at Yale University upon graduating. Through her degree, she hopes to become well-versed in racial inequality, class, gender, family dynamics, and general poverty. The knowledge she gains will be applied to creating meaningful discourse and moving toward possible solutions to these systemic inequalities in the future. As the daughter of an immigrant parent who suddenly passed away due to limited access to healthcare, Bautista is determined to create someday change that will benefit her community and all other underrepresented people like them.

"I'm honored to be receiving this award and how its help will allow me to prosper in my academic studies and beyond," says Rosa Flores Bautista.

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