Meet Katya! She is class of 2020 Scholar and currently a junior at Middlebury College, where she is majoring in international politics and economics. This semester, Katya is studying in Madrid, Spain with fifty other Middlebury students. Study abroad opportunities are a huge draw for students, so we asked Katya to share some tips for fellow Scholars who are interested in learning outside of the United States. 

Katya’s Tips

  • Keep an open mind. 
  • If there is any time to step out of your comfort zone, it is now. 
  • Seize any opportunity granted to you. 

Being open minded, stepping out of her comfort zone, and seizing opportunities is exactly what Katya is doing! She is taking two classes at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Immigration Multiculturalism & Human Rights and International Business Management. 

Katya is also interning as the international relations manager at La Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación. This nonprofit think tank focuses on critical analysis and debate surrounding cultural and social issues related to education. Katya shared that, “this has been a rewarding experience to contribute to such an important initiative.”

Since January, Katya has been living with “two wonderful Spanish girls,” and during Semana Santa, she had the opportunity to visit some beautiful parts of southern Spain, including Mallorca, Valencia, Sevilla, and Cadiz. She describes her time in Madrid as “an incredible experience that I will always cherish.”

Visiones: Rising Together – Thursday, November 3rd

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to support Latino U College Access (LUCA) by participating in our 10th Anniversary GalaVisiones: Rising Together on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Over the last ten years, our organization has grown from serving two Scholars at one school to supporting 332 Scholars from four Westchester County school districts on their pathways to and through college. We hope that you will join us in celebration of LUCA’s history and our vision of educational equity for low-income, first-generation students. Please consider supporting our anniversary gala today. Your generosity ensures that students, families, schools, and our community can continue Rising Together through the transformative power of education. 

This year, we are proud to recognize three incredible Honorees, who have significantly impacted our mission while uplifting the Latino community:

The gala will be held at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY on November 3rd at 6:30 PM. The celebration includes fabulous Latin inspired food and drinks, exciting live auction items, dancing, and the chance to make college dreams a reality for Latino youth.

Our anniversary goal is to raise $500,000. Your support today transforms lives through education for generations to come, setting a path forward for the next ten years at LUCA for students and families. We hope you will consider taking a leadership role in this event by becoming a sponsor; you can help us continue our mission by reviewing the list of opportunities enclosed. Please visit to donate and purchase sponsorships or tickets.