Esperanza Inc., one of Cleveland’s leading advocate for education in the Hispanic Community, awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships to 100 local Hispanic students at its annual Fiesta of Hope Celebration on June 3, 2022.

Two scholarship recipients (Patricia Peña and Noel Contreras) and one Esperanza alumni (Ricky Gilmore Vega) shared their personal stories – their challenges and successes – and the support they have received through Esperanza on the path toward their dreams. Victor Ruiz is its executive director.

Group photo by Gregory Wilson; other photos by Mychal Lilly.