Congratulations 2016 AGUILA Seniors who were admitted to the following schools:

Arizona State University

ASU Barrett Honors College

Benedictine University at Mesa

Bowdoin College (MA)

Central College (IA)

Colorado State University – Pueblo

Gonzaga University (WA)
Grand Canyon University

Hofstra University (NY)

Johnson and Wales University (CO)

Lehigh University (PA)

Loras College (IA)

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans (LA)

Mary Hardin – Baylor University (TX)

Mills College (CA)

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Tech

New York Institute of Technology (NY)

Northern Arizona University

Pacific University

Pomona College (CA)

Purdue University (IN)

Regis University (CO)

Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Saint Xavier University

San Diego State University (CA)

San Francisco State University (CA)

Santa Clara University (CA)

Simpson College (IA)

South Dakota School of Mines

St. Catherine University (MN)

St. John’s University (NY)

St. Mary’s College (CA)

St. Mary’s University (TX)

St. Xavier University (IL)

University of Arizona

University of California at Santa Barbara

University of Dayton (OH)

University of Iowa

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)

University of Miami (FL)

University of Missouri

University of New Mexico

University of Portland (OR)

University of San Francisco (CA)

University of Southern California

University of Tampa (FL)

Vanguard University (CA)

Virginia Tech University

Wartburg College (IA)

Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Western New Mexico University

Willamette University (WA)

Xavier University (OH)

An INCREDIBLE Opportunity for AGUILA Alum




AGUILA Teachers of Promise

AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute and Teach For America will be hosting an ATOP Information Session on Saturday, August 27th.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here:

Where: Pueblo del Sol Middle School | 3449 N 39th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85019

When: Saturday, August 27th from 12:20-1:20pm

What is ATOP?

The AGUILA Teachers of Promise (ATOP) work to serve 8th grade students in a local school district now, while preparing for a future as dynamic educators committed to closing the educational opportunity gap for students across the Valley.

Who can become an ATOP?

Applicants must be…

  • ·         An alumni of the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute
  • ·         Starting their sophomore, junior, or senior year in college
  • ·         Enrolled in a college or university in Phoenix
  • ·         Currently hold a 2.5 GPA or higher

Why become an ATOP?

  • ·         Get hands-on classroom experience and make a difference for students now
  • ·         Receive professional development from both AGUILA and Teach For America staff
  • ·         Learn more about the Teach For America organization and their application process

What is the commitment?

ATOPs commit to the following:

Supporting an AGUILA faculty in the classroom 1-5 hours a month (1 hour minimum, additional hours will be on a volunteer basis and highly recommended

Seven professional development sessions throughout the 2016-2017 school year

o   Kickoff event for all accepted applicants to be held on Friday, September 30, 2016

o   Remaining professional developments dates TBD

Submitting an application to join Teach For America

How do I apply?

Due Sept. 3, 2016

Please submit your application to become an ATOP at:

The application should take no longer than 30 minutes!

Interested in learning more about the ATOP program?

Reach out directly to:

·         Rosemary Hernandez at

·         Anna Lisa Caraveo at


Scholarships for Arizona Students

School is starting soon and that means college applications are due! While you are applying to college, don't miss out on applying for free money!

ScholarshipsAZ, is a great organization that has a list of scholarships, specifically for Arizona students. Here is their website: and you can click on the image above to view their scholarship list!

Scholarship App helps DREAMers find Scholarships

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca’s struggle to find money for college inspired her to create a scholarship network that undocumented students can tap into just by reaching into their pockets. The network comes in the form of an app called the DREAMer’s Roadmap, and it will launch this month for iOS and Android.

The home screen of the app gives users the option to explore the database or create an account to keep track of scholarships on the platform. Salamanca said she wanted to let users search for scholarships without having to create an account in case some undocumented students didn’t feel comfortable giving their information.

To make the search easier, users of DREAMer’s Roadmap can filter the database. For example, they can select settings that reflect whether they have DACA or not to narrow down the scholarships for which they qualify. When they find a scholarship they like, users can share, comment or save the listing. If users know of a scholarship that is not listed, they can submit it, and DREAMer’s Roadmap will verify that it is legitimate before it goes live on the app.

Salamanca plans to keep the DREAMer’s Roadmap free. “We didn’t want to risk charging for the app and depriving people from obtaining a tool that can potentially help them get money and go to college,” she said.


From United We Dream

From United We Dream

Fulfilling Arizona's Destiny Annual Luncheon, Sponsorship Packages!

The AGUILA Luncheon is coming!  Prepare yourself for another unforgettable event honoring Dr. Leeann Lawlor (Assistant Superintendent/Cartwright School District); Edmundo Hidalgo (Vice-President of Outreach Partnerships/ Arizona State University); Northern Arizona University; AGUILA Alumni – Dr. Jorge Morales (Arizona State University - Maricopa Medical Center) and Diana Garcia (Brown University – Google).  Reserve your seat today.

Letter From Our Chair...

Letter from our Chair:

According to the Lumina Foundation:

“There is a wealth of evidence that increased educational attainment improves health, lowers crime rates, and yields citizens who are both globally aware and participate more in civic and democratic processes such as voting and volunteering, all of which have enormous implications for our democracy.”

As it prepares to enter twelve years of operation, AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute has been the force to lift more than 1,000 Arizona students to 87 colleges and universities across the country.  With more than $75 million in private scholarships beyond federal packages, the past 10 cohorts have taken flight in pursuit of a college degree. AGUILA is Spanish for Eagle however AGUILITAS, as they are lovingly referred to, truly learn and live by the concept of “Flying like Geese”.  AGUILITAS recognize the power in the force of the AGUILA Family with lessons learned from geese:

  • When geese fly together, each goose provides additional lift and reduces air resistance for the goose flying behind it. AGUILITAS work together harmoniously, sharing common values and a common destination recognizing they will all arrive at the destination quicker and easier, because they are lifted up by the energy and enthusiasm of one another.
  • Geese rotate leadership. AGUILITAS learn, encourage and share leadership roles recognizing the importance of serving as a leader as well as follower.
  • Geese help each other. AGUILITAS share a common “Sense of Belonging” within a familial environment that promotes care and concern for each other. 

AGUILA’s success has tremendous implications for Arizona’s future through the education of our youth.  Please consider joining us for an unforgettable event, May 6, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm through your generous sponsorship (see attached Sponsorship Package). We are thrilled to share and recognize a strong line-up of community leaders in the following individuals and institutions:

  • Edmundo Hidalgo, Vice-President of Community Outreach, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Leeann Lawlor, Assistant Superintendent, Cartwright School District
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Diana Garcia (AGUILA Alum, 2009) Hispanic Marketing/Google
  • Dr. Jorge Morales (AGUILA Alum, 2006) Maricopa County Medical Center

AGUILA Youth Leadership is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  You will be contacted soon by AGUILA Staff to discuss your participation. We look forward to seeing you this unforgettable event!  

With Gratitude,

Tony Moya                

Tony Moya              
Salt River Project           
Chair/2016 AGUILA Luncheon        

3030 N. 3rd Street, Suite 1260  

Phoenix, Arizona 85012  

(602) 518-0612