In keeping with the legacy of Dr. Antonia Pantoja, the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Fellowship, Inc. advocates for a quality and accessible education for all students and promotes the development of Puerto Rican and Latino/a leaders of integrity.
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In April of 2002 Dr. Pantoja spearheaded the founding of the Aspirante Alumni Fellowship, Inc. (AAF) but sadly passed away soon after. The AAF represented the culmination to an illustrious legacy which Dr. Pantoja had built over her lifetime of service and leadership. Recognizing the dismal state of educational attainment in the Puerto Rican and Latino community the AAF established the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Leadership Scholarship for students in their first or second year of college. As poor as the rates for college admission were for Puerto Rican and Latino students, the data showed that too few were able to continue their studies beyond the first year because of economic hardship.
In 2007, the AAF changed its name to the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Fellowship, Inc. (DAPF) and continued to award scholarships. From 2003 to 2008, we awarded 35 scholarships to students selected by Aspira affiliates. Students were selected because of their demonstrated leadership abilities and their commitment to community service. The award is now $1,000 for each student and DAPF broadened its efforts to include other youth serving organizations selecting Puerto Rican and Latino recipients.
We see our role as helping to bridge the educational attainment gap so prevalent in the Puerto Rican and Latino community. In keeping with the legacy of Dr. Antonia Pantoja, we also see our role as promoting the development of Puerto Rican and Latino/a leaders of integrity.
Dr. Antonia Pantoja receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, September 1996.
Photo Copyright: The Antonia Pantoja Papers. Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY. Photographer unknown.