ENTER THE CAFE BUSTELO “El Café del Futuro” scholarship

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My sister Dylana and I are so excited to be promoting the Cafe Bustelo “El Café del Futuro” scholarship program. This scholarship is in partnership with HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities) and open to all students of Latino descent living in the United States of America. Scroll down for more details and the link to enter!

What I love most about my Hispanic culture is how family oriented we are. My grandfather was an immigrant from Mexico, and he stressed the importance of going to school to my father who was born and raised in Los Angeles. My grandfather wanted my father to have the opportunities in life that he didn’t have. Through my childhood, my father stressed the importance of staying in school as a key to success. He worked in the health department before moving to sales and starting his own business. All of his life he expressed how using our knowledge that we learned in school would lead us in the right direction. School kept me inspired and interested every single day. I’m glad I listened to my parents and made the most of my time in class. Dylana was very much into literature, while my focus and absolute favorite was mathematics. Creatively, Dylana and I had a lot more in common. We kept our grades high just so we could do after-school hours on the dance team and join show choir. We worked hard so that we could enjoy these fun extracurricular activities that made school even more worthwhile. And not to mention, all of the countless hours at the public library. We had so much pride in being a member to the public library. We were fascinated with creative writing, that we eventually roamed to the “current events” section in the far corner of our library where we opened fashion magazines and newspapers from all over the world. The library gave us a taste of the real world out there, and all of it’s opportunity and dreams. All of which inspired how we go to where we are today.

It was also the tough world of modeling is what really inspired me to run my very own business as an editor/blogger/model. Though I did start modeling in the middle of high school at the age of 15, I was determined to finish high school, even if that meant missing my friends, and having a year of homeschooling while I was working and learning about business first-hand while I was on set. Sure I didn’t get a traditional high school experience my senior year, but I still did get to go to prom and had the pride of entering college a year early to major in Business. All that mathematics really paid off.

I’m lucky that I had my sister and parents along for the whole ride to find that balance between work and education. Education always did come first in my Hispanic upbringing. We found a balance with everything we loved through creativity. Dylana and I always had this connection as siblings on a very creative level. We both sing, we both dance, and through modeling, we got really into photography, style, and creative direction. Getting to work in this digital space with her came naturally, and I’m so happy that our parents encouraged we stick together with our careers, and dare to dream big. Dylana is my ultimate teammate. We expand each other’s imaginations every single day when we’re creating content for our blogs. And how do we give back? By continuing to inspire our readers to dream big, and go after their goals. Togetherness, in school and family, has helped us achieve our wildest of dreams and I hope it does for you too.

Be sure to apply for the Cafe Bustelo “El Café del Futuro” scholarship program now.

Scholarship details:

The essay topic:

Describe how your Hispanic/Latino heritage, family, and the community in which you grew up has inspired your desire and motivation to obtain a college degree and how you plan to give back to your community.

The deadline to enter is May 26th, 2017

Application link: http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp

Office Rules link: http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp

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21 Responses to ENTER THE CAFE BUSTELO “El Café del Futuro” scholarship

  1. Gaynor Lubojasky says:

    Natalie, I just recently just entered the “blogger follower” world. I followed a few and, honestly, most bloggers seem to have one style that gets a bit mundane & expected after following a while.

    Then my eldest daughter showed my YOUR blog & you have so many different styles & it’s always a fun surprise to see what you’re wearing in your daily posts!

    I am inspired by your confidence & creativity in your pairings, layerings & color/pattern combos of your clothes & accessories. Now I find myself taking more fashion risks & trying new things, like never before. So, thank you! ❤

    But I also wanted to tell you how rare & touching it is to see you & your sister work so closely together in your creative endeavors, with your sweet mom always cheering & spurring you on.

    I have two adult daughters: Brittney (33) is a professional photographer & Aubrey (30) is a floral designer, and as different as they are, they collaborate & work so beautifully together. They have this innate “in sync-ness” as they create beautiful things together, and from a mamma’s perspective, there’s nothing more beautiful or anything that brings me greater joy for them to work seamlessly together. Your mom and dad must feel the same way, ☺️

    And lastly, I absolutely LOVE that you’re helping other Hispanic girls go to & succeed in college. I work with a a group of very poor, high-risk Hispanic teen girls in a mentorship program in Houston, TX. None of the girls are quite old enough to apply yet, but I’ll keep my eyes out for this scholarship. The girls I mentor will need scholarships & guidance as they graduate from high school & apply for college. I plan to walk them through the college & scholarships application process. Without aid, their poverty cycles continue, with all the dysfunction dragged from one generation to the next. I already see shards of this generational “passdown of junk” firsthand, every week.

    So it just touches my soul that you’re involved in & promoting a “ticket” out of poverty, dysfunction & chaos. By gaining a college education, it will make all the difference in the world for the recipients! They can break generational chains and fly out from their family’s poverty & into a new life they’ve created through getting educated & seeing a world beyond their own.

    I know this is a long post. Bless you if you read it up to now. So, thank you for your style inspiration & for giving back so that others can find success like you have.

    God bless,
    Gaynor

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    1. Natalie Suarez says: Post author

      Hi Gaynor!!
      Your two daughters sound like amazing women and you must be so so proud that they can work together, and still be best of friends! That’s exactly how my parents feel too! It is really so rare and special and they’re lucky to have a mom like you! Thank YOU for being so sweet and giving back to your community in Houston, and for inspiring these students to really focus and pave their own paths to achieve their goals. Thank you for your heartfelt comment… I love hearing other people’s inspiring stories!!
      xoxo, Natalie

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  2. Samantha Lee says:

    Love that you are sharing such a wonderful opportunity. The past few semesters I’ve mentored some girls from predominantly Hispanic communities who don’t have many extracurricular opportunities at their schools. It’s been so fulfilling to see them grow in their confidence even over the short period of time we spend together.
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    1. Natalie Suarez says: Post author

      Hi Samantha! Thank you for your comment! It’s true that a little confidence goes a long way in finding who you are, and finding that courage to improve your life (get a good education + achieve your goals). Thank you for all you do for your community 🙂 I love having so many inspiring readers who care to make a difference, so thank you!

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