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Jennifer Beltran Lopez Colibri Scholarship Fund

Jennifer Beltran Lopez Colibri Scholarship Fund PhotoThe Jennifer Beltran Lopez Colibri Scholarship Fund supports underprivileged youth who wish to continue their education through high school and college. Help us raise $40,000 to award annual scholarships.

Jenny Beltran Lopez was a middle school teacher and an activist who believed in helping underprivileged children. A Stanford graduate, Jenny became inspired to teach in Redwood City’s low-income community, launching several programs to inspire her students to go to college.

Jenny and her teaching partner, Lubia Sanchez, worked with their seventh and eighth grade students to foster community building, goal-setting and the life skills necessary for them to be successful learners and leaders. They emphasized community involvement, showing their students how community service could improve their lives.

Jenny and Lubia told their students the Aztec tale of the fighting spirit of the hummingbird, or colibri. To her fellow teachers and her students, Jenny, who lost her battle with cancer at age 30, was like the warrior hummingbird.

She inspired her students to get a college education so that they could better their lives and follow Jenny’s lead in fighting for equity and justice. Jenny hoped her students would return to their community, working to improve city and local services and inspiring others as she had.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Jennifer Beltran Lopez Colibri Scholarship Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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