Summerville High School Senior Ramiro Santiago-Bautista has been named a recipient of the 2017 Golden Door Scholarship. This national scholarship program invests in education and career preparedness for high performing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. In addition to scholarship funding, Golden Door Scholars Program focuses on career preparedness by pairing each student with a mentor and offering professional development opportunities. This scholarship opportunity will allow Ramiro to be the first individual in his immediate family to attend and graduate from college.
When he entered Summerville High School, Ramiro became committed to the rigor associated with the Honors and Advanced Placement courses to build strong academic and career-focused qualifications. His teachers describe him as being driven by his work ethic and having a sincere desire to learn and to improve the community by helping others. This commitment is evidenced in his involvement and volunteerism with the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society, Book Worm Club, and Habitat for Humanity. These organizations have allowed Ramiro to enhance his contribution to society through tutoring at-risk students, early literacy programs in elementary schools, and service hours with the Habitat for Humanity Restore. He leads by example and is not willing to ask anyone to complete a task that he is not willing to do or provide assistance along the way.
Since its institution in 2012, 158 students have been awarded a Golden Door Scholarship from an applicant pool of over 3500 students.