Arrowhead Park Early College High School Senior Catalina Sanchez-Maes was recently awarded the Gold Award in the Technology category by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation at the Hispanic Heritage 2017 Youth Awards program in Phoenix, Arizona.


Arrowhead Park Early College High School Senior Catalina Sanchez-Maes

As part of the recognition, Sanchez-Maes will receive a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by Google. She will also travel to Washington, D.C. in February to receive her award and find out if she will also receive a national award in the Technology category.

According to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation website, three awards for each student category are given in each of the different regions across the country. One regional award-winning student from each category will be selected as the National Youth Award recipient in his or her respective category.

The awards program, now in its 19th year, honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Science, Technology, and Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)

The awards program collected approximately 10,000 applications from qualified juniors who are honored as seniors in the fall.

To qualify for the award, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school in the Spring of 2018, Must have an un-weighted 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be of Hispanic Heritage including (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines), planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school, Be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen and completed an online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript and essay questions.