To close the opportunity gap in access and affordability to higher education opportunities for undocumented and DACAmented students in Orange, Durham and Wake counties in North Carolina.
To be a starting resource for undocumented and DACAmented high school students interested in learning more about and pursuing higher education, as well as providing funding and connections that help them reach their post high school graduation goals.
Professional or social communities are essential in our scholars' journeys throughout all phases of their higher education and life.
It is our duty to work collectively with our scholars to build and expand their economic, educational, and social resources.
Our scholars earn their scholarships because of their evident self-determination and intelligence within both their education and their community.
We stay up to date with the policies and procedures of financial aid and college applications so we can effectively work with our scholars to be their most valuable asset.
We are unapologetically ourselves. Undocumented and DACAmented students have the right to higher education, and we are here to aid them in reaching their highest potential.
It is our job to empower and provide sustainable, continuous support for our scholars no matter what obstacles or challenges we might face.
To be an ally, it is imperative that we remain knowledgeable on the landscape of programs, initiatives, and services for undocumented students.
***Update: New Mission, Vission and Values are coming........ stay tuned ✨
We are able to offer more extensive initiatives thanks to grants, additional funding, and your support
Scholarships for Higher Education
Providing more undocumented students with scholarships to supplement their first year of higher education, and ultimately, remaining years until graduation.
Educational Enrichment Opportunities
Engaging our scholars with individualized advancement opportunities to support and grow their passions both inside and outside the classroom.
(New!) Youth Mental Health Retreat Series
Thanks to the support of the Durham Public Schools Foundation
And in partnership with local community organizers and adult allies we will be hosting Youth Mental Health Retreats for students in Durham Public Schools. Please reach out if you are interested in more information or in supporting the retreats!
(New!) Aduly Ally and Educator Youth Mental Health Retreat Series
Collaboration with the Durham Public Schools Foundation
An emerging series in collaboration with the DPSF where we will be hosting Adult Ally and Educator Mental Health Retreats for adult allies, parents, DPS educators in Durham. Please reach out if you are interested in more information or in supporting the retreats!
Spring 2016 marked the launch of our scholarship application and our inaugural class of scholars. Each year, we work with two new Pupusa scholars to provide scholarships, nurture their passions, and empower them through graduation.
Senior at Delaware State University in Dover, DE
2019 Scholar Nayeli will become a part of the class of 2023 at Delaware State University. She will be majoring in Forensic Biology with the goal of one day working as a crime laboratory analyst. Nayeli was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and raised in North Carolina since she was six. She is proud of her background and deeply thankful for organizations like Pupusas For Education that allow her to pursue an education. She expresses her sincerest gratitude, “It would not have been possible without the contribution and support of this generous organization. Thank you."
Junior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC
2019 Scholar Jatzyri is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she hopes to major in Neuroscience. Born in Mexico City, Jatzyri has lived in North Carolina since she was 2 years old, and considers it her home. The college application process is an exciting time for many students all over the world. Yet for Jatzyri, it was a time filled with uncertainty and worry. Applying to colleges whilst being a first-generation high school graduate, DACAmented student, and coming from a low-income household was one of the hardest experiences that she has had to endure. However, thanks to generous donors, scholarships such as Pupusas for Education, and years of hard work, Jatyzri is now very excited to pursue her dreams and continue living as an example of Latinx excellence. Go Heels!
Junior at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC
2020 Scholar Jesus Peralta Porras immigrated to the United States back in 2003 from Puebla, Mexico. He says that even though he wasn’t born in the US he grew up here and doesn’t remember anything about Mexico. The only way he was able to connect with his family’s culture was through the traditions and customs his family shared with him such as their native language, food, and holidays. Growing up Jesus shares that his environment pushed him into hiding who he was because of a ‘Machista’ mindset. Being Mexican he says in a predominantly white school put a label on his back to his peers and teachers that said “he isn’t actually serious about school” and he says he had to work twice as hard in his higher-level classes to be seen as equal to his white counterparts. Through various nonprofit organizations such as the Minority Student Achievement Network, Students Against Violence Everywhere Jesus says he was able to hear about the issues minorities face and learned about the value of youth advocacy and activism. In the future, Jesus hopes to have received his degree in Community and Justice and work in a school system to help motivate and inspire children to be their authentic selves and fight for minorities’ rights. Most importantly he is super honored to work with an organization that serves authentic Salvadorian food with a side of JUSTICE!
Sophmore at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN
2021 schoalr Sharon G. Urrutia-Moreira was born in Escuintla, Guatemala and came to North Carolina when she was only two years old. She stated that she faces many obstacles as she grew and had trouble finding her identity due to the fact that she spoke little to no spanish. As she continued to grow, she began to learn more about her beautiful culture and began to learn to write, read and speak in spanish. Not only that, she promised her family that she would go to college and pursue the "american dream." She stated that it was diffifuclt, she went through many sleepless nights and even had more thoughts on giving up but she continued to fight through it and hopes others will do the same no matter how hard it gets. She will be majoring in nursing to become a pediatric nurse. Sharon hopes one day she will open her own organization later on in life to help students like herself bloom and pursue their dream of going into a higher education after high school. She believes that it wasn't the proper documentation or "papers" that defined her worth. It is her determination and eagerness to make something of herself, combined with the acceptance of her identity that giver her values. She hopes to set forth the pieces necessary for like minded invdividuals to come along and contribute to that puzzle until our society decides that there is no longer a need for its fulfillment.
Sophmore at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC
2021 scholar Cesar Torres Rodriguez plans on attending Guilford Technical Community College to major in construction management. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, he later arrived in North Carolina at the age of 3. Raised by a single mother, he realized at a young age the huge sacrifice his mother made for him to have a better future in the United States. Cesar says, “I am very honored to be chosen by Pupusas for Education because this is an opportunity that allows me to pursue a higher education and use it to help others in my community.”
Guillermo Ernesto Escobar Menjivar
Freshman at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC
2022 Scholar Guilermo immigrated to the United States with his mother and little sister at the age of 15 in 2018 from El Salvador. Moving to this country and leaving his father behind in El Salvador was one of the hardest and most traumatizing things that he had to do in his life. In his first year in high school, he challenged and pushed himself to learn English as fast as he could, shortly after he started to take college classes from Wake Tech. It was hard in high school for him because of having to adapt to a whole new language and coming across people who said to him that he was never going tocollege because he wasn’t a resident. After high school Guilermo was able to attend his first year at Wake Technical Community College. He’s working full time in a restaurant making sushi and Asian food. Guilermo looks after his little sister while also helping her with school. After Wake Tech Guilermo is planning to go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study biomedical engineering and plans to further his education in medical school. In the future, Guilermo wants a job where he can help people. He feels like after what he’s lived through, he wants to dedicate his whole life to helping people that need help.
Freshman at Durham Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC
Jhoselyn Vasquez is a Freshman at Durham Technical Community College. Jhoselyn was born in Corinto Morzan, El Salvador. She arrived in Florida when she was 8 years old. When Jhoselyn came she didn’t know any English. Her 2nd grade teacher had a goal that by the end of the year she would understand and speak the language and she achieved that goal. At the start of 8th grade she moved to North Carolina it was the 1st time of a significant change took place in her life. It was challenging for her she was having difficulties in school. High school came along and she was thinking about giving up and just not going anymore since she is undocumented and she thought that she would never reach her goal of becoming a teacher. Jhoselyn started to give up but her family and teachers started to work with her. Her 9th-grade P.E. Coach and resource officers were always motivating her to keep going. She started to work hard to graduate and be able to attend college. Jhoselyn stated that “ thanks to Pupusas for Education, now I’m able to attend college even tho I’m undocumented. Everything is possible if you have the mind to it and the right people around you.”
Self Love Social:Celebrando El Amor Propio
Come join us....
Come join us at Self Love Social/Celebrando El Amor Propio
Wednesday, February 14th from 6pm-8pm
In our lives we have many relationships but we often forget about our relationship to self as one that also needs intention and nurturing. This event is for youth in Durham to have an opportunity to celebrate that relationship to self in a loving way!
En nuestras vidas tenemos varias relaciones pero aveces se nos olvida nuestra relacion con nosotros mismos, y que tambien nececita amor! Este evento es para los jovenes de Durham tengan una oportunidad para celebrar esa relacion propia de una forma amorosa!
Undocumented students earn their way into some of the best colleges across the country. Inability to pay due to lack of financial aid is an educational inequity we are tackling head on by providing last-dollar scholarships for undocumented students to attend college. Higher education and scholarships to access it have played a key role in our lives and the lives of those on the Pupusas for Education team. We hope to play a key role in yours.
Jeymi is a junior at Durham Technical Community College finishing her associates in arts and community interpreting diploma with the hopes of transferring later. Jeymi was born in Honduras. As an undocumented student herself she believes that everyone should be given the chance to receive higher education without any barriers and obstacles. Every dream counts. She joined the Pupusas for Education team in early 2020. Her favorite pupusa is zucchini con queso!
Cecilia is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Global Gap Year Fellow through the Campus Y. She started So Good Pupusas with her family while she was in undergrad in 2015 and the non-profit Pupusas for Education in 2016. She majored in Global Studies with a minor in Geography, received a Business Essentials certificate from Kenan Flagler, and is currently working on a certificate in Non-Profit Management from UNC. She believes business can be a force for good and that pupusas can change the world. Her favorite pupusa is Chicharon con queso, extra crispy.