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May 08, 2015

Common Roots Initiative (CRI) continues providing financial support that makes a positive impact on both sides of the school desk. The recipients of CRI’s Spring 2015 Scholarships are Manuel Almazan, a Proviso East High School (PEHS) science teacher and Carolina Trujillo, a PEHS senior student.

Almazan will receive the $1,000 CRI Spring 2015 Teacher Scholarship to support his classroom initiatives.  He was chosen based on his creative teaching style as well as his dedication to helping students understand and relate to science.  Almazan teaches chemistry and biology, along with the bilingual classes for each subject.  He plans to use the scholarship money to purchase teaching/science kits.  The kits will enhance classroom learning by strengthening concepts learned in textbooks. 

Carolina Trujillo, a Maywood resident, plans to pursue a career in educational studies.  She is an active member of the PEHS National Honors Society, math club and art club.  Trujillo aspires to attend Dominican University.  CRI is honored to help her achieve that goal with its $1,000 Spring 2015 Student Scholarship.  CRI has given 9 consecutive $1,000 scholarships to students and educators since the charity began providing financial assistance in 2012.

“Carolina's scholastic achievement and her activity in National Honors Society make her an ideal recipient of the Spring 2015 Student Scholarship.  She provided some great responses to our application’s essays and we're very happy to select her as the recipient." said Shay Rao, CRI 2015 Scholarship Committee chair.

CRI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 2010 primarily through the combined efforts of PEHS alumni, friends and family.  In the coming years, CRI will expand its financial assistance to other schools in west suburban Chicago. Visit our donation page if you would like to make a monetary contribution toward our scholarships. If you prefer to use an employer-matching program or want to become a CRI volunteer, please contact us.