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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
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Meet the 2016 Award Winners:

Xavier Taylor, Aspire California College Preparatory Academy

Shane Hoang, Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy

 

 

Hear from Xavier and Shane as they share their path to College Success.

Past winners 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  

* Student with Aspire from K-12.