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Aspire Alumni

To college and beyond our alumni persevere in the pursuit of College for Certain.

Our founder Don Shalvey believed in creating opportunities for low income families and with that the belief in the importance of a college degree.  To honor Don, Aspire created the Don Shalvey Changing the Odds Award.  This award recognizes Aspire Alumni in three categories:

  • First generation college graduate
  • Tenacity in the pursuit of College for Certain
  • Giving back to other Aspire students and their community

Meet the 2017 Award Recipients:

Bay Area Awardee Carla Hernandez, Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy

Central Valley Awardee Nicole Segura, Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy

Los Angeles Awardee Jazmin Guerrero, Aspire Pacific Academy

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Hear from Carla, Nicole and Jazmin as they each share their path to College Success.

Past recipients of the Don Shalvey Changing the Odds Award:

2009 - Darryl Brumfield – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2010 -  Allison Bell – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2011 -   Carolina Hernandez – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2012 -  Joshua Callejas – Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
            Brenda Membreno – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2013 -  Sarah Blankenship –  Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
            Rena Stone – Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2014 -  Jessica Beas - Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA
            Elsa Casanova - Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, Oakland, CA

2015 -  Jocelyn Cachux - Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, East Palo Alto, CA*
            Hong Van Nguyen - Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA

2016 -  Xavier Taylor - Aspire California College Preparatory Academy, Berkeley, CA
            Shane Hong - Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy, Stockton, CA

* Student with Aspire from K-12.