P.O.W.E.R. Scholarship


My name is Aura Gutierrez.  As I approach a milestone birthday, the big 3-0!,  I have had several ideas on how I could celebrate my day.  I decided, what better way than to give back!?  I have always been huge on being of service to my community.  My volunteer work includes but is not limited to: participating in walks/runs, assisting with residents at nursing homes, feeding the homeless, and coaching a high school dance team.  I have helped raise funds for non-profit organizations by conducting workshops focused on health and wellness, finances, domestic violence, etiquette, and self-defense. Out of all the areas that I enjoy volunteering my time for, youth outreach is the one I am most passionate about.  This is why I have started the P.O.W.E.R. (Providing Our youth With Education & Resources) scholarship.  I believe that students need both the education and resources in order to succeed.

I was fortunate enough to have the education and resources to graduate high school, be the first in my family to attend and graduate from college, and receive a bachelor's and two master's degrees.  While I am not finished pursing my goals, I want to let our youth know that their college dreams are possible regardless of their socioeconomic status.

The P.O.W.E.R. scholarship will benefit two under-represented minority (male & female) high school seniors in Prince George's County.  Please spread the word to your family & friends and help me reach my goal. By making a donation of your choice, you will help alleviate their college costs.

While conducting research, I found a few disparities regarding race, socioeconomic status, and college enrollment/graduation rates.  Please feel free to read some of the facts I pulled from two online articles written in April, 2014.

“About 82 percent of high school graduates from high-income families enroll in college, compared to 52 percent of graduates from low-income families.”


“The high-school graduation rates for black and Hispanic students remain low and there are growing disparities by income.”


“Income gaps in enrollment: The biggest disparities in college enrollment are among varying incomes. More than 80% of high-income graduates go on to college, compared to 66% of middle-income students and just 52% of low-income graduates. All of those shares are higher than the 1980s, but the gaps between them haven’t narrowed much in over 30 years.”


“In fact, the gap between the highest and lowest income students looks like it’s going the wrong way. In the years between the 2001 and 2008 recession, the gap averaged about 26 percentage points, but from 2009 to 2012, it has averaged 30 percentage points.”


I greatly appreciate you taking the time to learn more about the P.O.W.E.R. scholarship. Thank you for your continued support and monetary donation!


Casselman, B. (2014, April 30).  Race gap narrows in college enrollment, but not in graduation [Web log post].  Retrieved December 5, 2014, from


Izzo, P.  (2014, April 22).  Amid affirmative action ruling, some data on race and college enrollment.  The Wall Street Journal.  Retrieved from

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