Application period opens for Chevron Richmond Somos Scholarship

Dr. Mayra Padilla of Contra Costa College (photo above) about the importance of college and life experiences. Padilla received her PhD in Neuroscience from U.C. Berkeley and was a lead researcher at Stanford for a time before becoming an educator.
Dr. Mayra Padilla of Contra Costa College spoke about the importance of college and life experiences at the awards ceremony for the Chevron Richmond Somos — Latin American and Hispanic Employee Network scholarship program in 2015.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Somos Employee Network at the Chevron Richmond Refinery has kicked off the application period for its annual scholarship. Now in its 14th year, the scholarship is open to graduating seniors from all cultural backgrounds who are currently attending a West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) high school. Eight $1,000 scholarships are being offered to local students this year, with an application deadline of Fri., March 5, 2021.

“It is an ongoing mission of Chevron to invest in programs that help students achieve their educational goals; improve access to a quality education; and to provide an academic gateway for students who are historically underserved or under-represented,” said Veronica Robles, Chevron Somos Scholarship Coordinator.

As part of the application, students are asked to write a 500-750 word essay on one of the following topics:

  • How has Latin American and/or Hispanic culture affected your life, your families’ life, or someone else’s life?
  • What lesson or event in Latin American and/or Hispanic culture will you use to enrich your future?
  • How has the Latin American and/or Hispanic culture enhanced your leadership skills within your community? Include your community contributions.

To view the scholarship application, and to apply by Fri., March 5, 2021, click here. Students should email completed packets and direct questions to [email protected].