Bright Prospects in College


Sisters Itzel and Bertha Romero have both found success through Bright Prospect thanks to your support.We love it when younger siblings within the same family follow older siblings’ example, going to and through college with the guidance of Bright Prospect and your support. Here is an example: Itzel and Bertha – the Romero sisters.

Intelligent, determined, and dedicated are just a few words that describe both Itzel Romero, freshman and neuroscience major at UCLA, and younger sister Bertha, who is about to graduate near the top of her class from Pomona High School.

The sisters were raised by their single mom, who moved her family from Mexico to Pomona, California. The transition was difficult. But their mom instilled in her daughters, from a very young age, the value of an education. Both sisters always knew they wanted to go to college—but didn’t know how to achieve this dream.

Then a family member shared with them how Bright Prospect was helping her go to college, and Itzel and Bertha decided to switch to Pomona High School so they could become part of the Bright Prospect program. Their mother fully supported this further step for her daughters’ advancement toward a better future. Itzel reported: “My mom loves Bright Prospect and she is always telling people about the program. When I tell her I am at the Bright Prospect office she knows I am safe.”

From drafts to final submissions, thanks to you Bright Prospect guided Itzel through the lengthy college application process, and she was accepted to the school of her dreams—UCLA. But Bright Prospect support didn’t end there. At UCLA she is an active member of a Bright Prospect college crew. “We do homework and study together which helps all of us to put in the work we need to succeed.” Itzel participates in several campus clubs and activities that enrich the college experience, including an academic and counseling support program for minorities and low income students.

Because of your support, younger sister Bertha is now going through the same college application process and has applied to eleven private liberal arts colleges. She says that she probably would not have thought that going to a four-year college or university would be possible if it were not for the guidance from Bright Prospect. “There is this security about being part of Bright Prospect. Even if you don’t know what college you are going to, you know you are going somewhere.”

Today, Bertha can’t wait to hear from all of the colleges she has applied to.

Learn where Bertha and her classmates will be going to college at Pomona High School’s College Decision Day on April 27 at noon. We invite you to attend College Decision Day, where you will hear the graduates express what going to college will mean to them, on any of these dates at the high school listed:

April 24 at 2:30 p.m.         Montclair HS
April 27 at 12:00 p.m.       Pomona HS
April 28 at 11:30 a.m.       Ontario HS
May 1 at 9:30 a.m.            Ganesha HS
May 1 at 1:00 p.m.            Garey HS

Please let us know if you plan on attending so we can reserve a seat for you.  Kindly RSVP to development@brightprospect.org. We hope you’ll join us!

Thank you again for your support. You have made so many students’ college dreams a reality.

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Sister 2

Jessica Lopez: Future Engineer

Bright Prospect has supported my sister Tessy and I emotionally as well as financially allowing us to overcome all sorts of adversity.  Our family has had to deal with impending deportation, financial instability, and more recently medical issues. Unfortunately, our mother’s health is declining significantly; she is resisting paralysis, while our father’s chronic back injury has forced him to stop working. With little to no money at home, our parents and all of their resilience continues to inspire us. Everyday we strive to make them proud.

Thanks to Bright Prospect, our dreams are coming true and we are achieving things we never thought were possible. Last summer, Tessy was fortunate enough to have an internship in Cordoba Spain where she performed social work to support immigrants from neighboring countries. This summer Tessy helped students find their voice and talents in a program held at the Maloof foundation in Rancho Cucamonga, sponsored by Bright Prospect. As for myself, I am finalizing my research on mechanical properties of spider silks, and plan on publishing. At work, I recently began to file a patent for a medical device that will help speed up bone regeneration though light therapy.  With graduation on the horizon, my internship at Ormco Corporation is coming to a close. I am currently applying to graduate schools and full-time jobs. I hope to continue studying bio-mimicry to help make medical advancements.

None of our achievements have come easily. We could not have done it on our own. Only with the support of our family, friends and most of all Bright Prospect have Tessy and I been able to make our dreams a reality.  I look forward to the day that we are able to give back to our family and community that has done so much for us.

Jessica Lopez: Cal Poly Pomona Graduate, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Jessica Lopez: Cal Poly Pomona Graduate, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Bright Prospect Scholar Lauren Cardenas, Swarthmore c/o 2012, has been awarded both a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and a Rubin Scholarship Award from Swarthmore. Congratulations, Lauren!

Bright Prospect alum Adriana Sanchez graduated from U.C. Riverside in 2009 and has just completed her first year studying optometry in Puerto Rico. She inspired her younger sisters, twins Joanna and Julie, making sure they got enrolled in honors classes starting in middle school. The girls were raised by their single father. Joanna and Julie became familiar with Bright Prospect very early, through Adriana’s involvement. Finally they were old enough to apply and became members of our class of 2010. Both want to study engineering. Joanna was accepted early decision to Columbia, while Julie had to choose between Columbia, Princeton and Cornell, all of which accepted her. For the first time the twins will be in separate places, as Julie heads off to Princeton!

Mr. Sanchez congratulates daughters Joanna, Adriana and Julie.

Lorenzo Ramirez graduated from Ontario High School in 2006 and just completed his degree in biology at Swarthmore College.  While at Swarthmore he had numerous research opportunities and was awarded a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.  In the fall, Lorenzo will be at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Gene Therapy and Vaccines – with a full ride!  Congratulations, Lorenzo!