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Contributed by
MOLLY PENCKE
Youth Leadership Programs Manager
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Student Stories , Educator Stories , Community & News

First ever BSP Alumni Consultant Spotlights!

We invited four alumni to serve as BSP Alumni Consultants and go on a 10-week journey with us, providing input and co-learning alongside our team as we strategize and prioritize this work. Alumni’s perspective and insights are invaluable, and we are so grateful to have their help in getting clarity on what’s next for the Bezos Scholars Program. And we are hoping they also learn something along the way as well that fuels their passions, purpose, and leadership.

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Sonia Gonzalez

2007 Student Scholar from Houston, TX who graduated from University of Chicago in with a B.A. in Sociology, and from NYU with an M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy. Sonia worked as a college counselor and instructor on the west side of Chicago for four years. Now based in NY, she is the Director of Educational Partnerships & Alumni at the Squash and Education Alliance.

The most awesome part of her job so far has been creating a scholarship in its entirety from the ground up for her organization. Sonia is the only Scholar unicorn to have participated in the program as both a student and then later, as an Educator supporting a student.

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Jeremiah Grant

A 2012 Student Scholar from Kansas City, MO, who currently resides in Queens, NY, and graduated from Cornell University in 2017. He is a triple Scholar threat– representing BSP, Gates Millennium Scholars, and Coca-Cola Scholars. He is a current Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and is usually dressed to impress.

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Precious White-Jordan

2019 Educator Scholar teaching Special Ed, originally from NY and currently residing in a small, rural town in AL. Precious worked in Corporate America for 10 years before becoming a teacher almost 9 years ago. Knowing firsthand how impactful teachers can be, she strives to build meaningful relationships with her students who affectionately call her Mama J.

One of her many interests is to continue hosting her podcast, Unmothered and Unbothered, and help women heal from their mama trauma. 

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Marcos Silva

2016 Educator from Edinburg, South Texas who has been helping continue STXi (South Texas Ideas Festival) for the last four years, using his garage as its headquarters. Marcos has been an educator for eight years and is a current College Advisory Counselor.

He recently got married in Vegas (congrats!) and built a backyard deck with his brother to lounge in style during social distancing.

All alumni – Please know we welcome and value feedback and recommendations for program improvement and stronger alumni engagement at any time. So if you have some, please share it with Molly (mpencke@bezosfamilyfoundation.org). We plan to continue reaching out to the network, either individual invite or open call, to solicit feedback and ideas, ongoing.

Contributed by
MOLLY PENCKE
Youth Leadership Programs Manager
Categories
Student Stories , Educator Stories , Community & News

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