About the Campaign
- Beatriz is a business major at University of Houston Downtown and wants to own a family business some day.
- She attended KIPP Academy and KIPP Houston High School where she also participated in art and VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event).
- Beatriz is an active tennis player and volunteer in her church.
- Beatriz’s full financial need is $1,900. The edfurther scholarship goal is set at $1,000, though support can exceed this goal.
At UHD, Beatriz is studying business and wants to start a family business with her dad who owned an electrical parts store in Mexico. Family and her religion is central to Beatriz’ values, and she helps with smaller students in Sunday School classes at her church each week. Beatriz is one of four children, and two of her siblings are also first-generation college students in the University of Houston system. Failure is not an option for Beatriz and her family.
Beatriz feels that KIPP Academy and KIPP Houston High School helped her prepare for college and success is imminent with hard work. While at KHHS, Beatriz studied art and competed in VASE in middle and high school, where she learned about aesthetics, purpose, expression, and much more. At UHD, she has co-founded a multi-cultural club to learn from the history and language of the many cultures in Houston.
Beatriz has also played tennis and picked up balls since she was four, growing up with Ms. Emily, who is like a “second mom,” and National Junior Tennis and Learning during the summer. Ms. Emily is helping pay for half of Beatriz’s tuition, and scholarships cover some of the gap and books.
When asked what makes Beatriz special, this is what Emily Schaefer, Director of Tennis for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department said:
“I have watched the children in the Chapa family grow up as students in our free youth tennis program offered at Haviland Park. Finances are strained and they live modestly in an apartment right next to the park. Whereas so many young people set lower bars for success and achievement, each of the Chapa siblings seems to work hard and set serious goals like attending and completing college. Even when it seems there are many reasons to get discouraged or anxious about how they are going to do it, they keep trying anything and everything to make dreams come true. I want to do everything I can to encourage her to continue those efforts and to give her incentive to do well in school and in life.”
Beatriz only needs $1,900 to complete her tuition.
Beatriz is known for asking profound questions. From Henry David Thoreau she ponders his statement, “One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.” What is her something? She knows that it involves helping others and creating something bigger. She also believes in the journey to get there. “When we are born we start our journey into the world without knowing what our future holds. Just as Henry David Thoreau says we weren’t born to do everything, but we are meant to find what we are going to do through what we experience.”
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