is a junior at Columbia University studying Philosophy. After graduating from El Dorado High School as Valedictorian, Gates Millennium, Questbridge, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Terry Scholar, he first attended the University of Texas at Austin to study in the Business Honors Program. Miguel wanted to learn a variety of academic disciplines, so he transferred to Columbia to study liberal arts. He has pursued his interest in business by working on Wall Street as an Investment Banking Analyst at a boutique firm, and as a Markets Analyst at J.P. Morgan. At Columbia, Miguel is passionate about empowering first generation and low-income students by being a representative for the Questbridge Scholars Network, serving on the First-Generation Student Advisory Board, and being a mentor to high school students from Harlem and the Bronx. This summer, Miguel will be in El Paso working in the office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and focusing on the growth of EPLN. In his free time, Miguel loves to dance to Latin music, go to museums in NYC, and watch professional soccer.
is a freshman at Claremont McKenna College, pursuing a degree in Economics with a minor in Finance. His community involvement and academic accolades awarded him the Gates Foundation scholarship as a senior in high school, receiving a full-ride to pursue his undergraduate studies. Guillermo has worked with the immigrant community of El Paso through church-sponsored immigration refugee centers. As an aspiring public servant, he provided constituent services in Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke’s district office (TX-16). Through the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA), Guillermo worked in various initiatives to bolster economic development in the healthcare industry in El Paso. At CMC, Guillermo participates in intramural soccer and is part of Claremont’s Marketing Group and La Asociación. Guillermo will be Auditing and Assurance Intern with Deloitte this summer in Los Angeles, California to enhance his business acumen. In his free time, he likes to play soccer with his friends, travel, and listen to his favorite artists in concerts.
is a sophomore at Georgetown University, pursuing a degree in International Political Economy with a minor in Global Business. His passion for the community of El Paso is reflected in his past involvement to help immigrants and residents secure a path towards citizenship through the Libertas Citizenship Fair. He has committed countless service hours with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank and the SunRidge at Cambria senior living center. He continues to serve his community in Washington D.C as an intern at the United States Capitol under Texas’ first Latina Congresswoman, Veronica Escobar. At Georgetown, Ricardo serves as Director of Academic and Career Opportunities for minority undergraduate students. He is a consultant for Innovo Consulting where he has led projects like “It’s On Us,” a national non-profit led by Joe Biden to end sexual assault on college campuses. As an investor and analyst for Georgetown Collegiate Investors, he acquired his passion for finance and will be interning as a Global Markets Analyst for J.P. Morgan in New York this summer. Ricardo enjoys swimming, boxing and dancing to Latin music on his free time.
The foundation of our network lies within our unique and immersive scholars program. The EPLN Scholars Program is dedicated to acquiring the most driven high school juniors in El Paso, Texas. During this two year program, each student will receive mentorship from current college students who attend the nation’s top universities. This mentorship includes: college and scholarship search, college resume workshops, essay writing lessons, common app consulting, SAT/ACT advisory and much more. The overall goal of EPLN Scholars is to get our students accepted into the university of their dreams with as much financial aid possible.
Upon a successful completion of the EPLN Scholars Program, we plan to establish partnerships with local businesses to begin offering internships to high school students in El Paso. Likewise, we want to offer similar resources to university students so they can find internships that will eventually lead to full time jobs. We will offer professional development including resume building, career insights, and business etiquette. The internship programs will take place over the summer between students’ senior year of high school and first year of college in the areas of government, law, finance, and nonprofits. While most internships will likely be unpaid, we believe that adding professional experience to students’ resume will lead to long term professional success.
In EPLN, we believe that the betterment of the Sun City is a marathon, not a race. Years of scholar and professional development will create motivated leaders and world changers that are ready to make profound changes in our city’s government, business, and education sectors. EPLN Influencers will be a platform where local leaders will be able to meet, plan, and strategize how to take our city to the next level. This last stage has tremendous opportunity for a myriad of opportunities; it can yield the next largest for-profit locally operated business, shape the next city government official, offer philanthropic donations to charities and organizations, and much more.