The Young Women’s Alliance scholarship program is a key component for the organization to give back to our community. By improving access to post-secondary attainment, we are a part of the systemic change needed to create a more equitable future for young women. We know at YWA that we must be intentional and strategic when it comes to finding future women leaders and breaking down barriers that stand in the way of them pursuing their education goals. The YWA scholarship program is the access that underserved young women need to become future leaders of tomorrow.
The YWA scholarship program offers resources and support to applicants to help completion rates, and in 2023, awarded seven $5,000 scholarships. YWA is committed to reaching young women, specifically high school seniors in Del Valle ISD — including those who identify with the LGBTQIA community; Black, Indigenous, and students of color; first-generation students; students with disabilities; and students from low-income families — who are pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited trade-school program, two-year associates program, or four-year college in the United States. Each scholarship will be awarded over the course of two semesters, with the goal of supporting these young women through their entire first year of college.
By partnering with Del Valle ISD, YWA’s scholarship program helps address inequities in the Austin metro area and invests in the future of women leaders of Austin.
Applications for the 2024 scholarship program will open in the spring.
Learn about the 2023 scholarship recipients!
Hi! I am Cinthia Delgadillo, a graduating 2023 Senior at Del Valle High School. I plan to go to college at the University of Texas at Austin and major in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. With this major, I will be making my way towards a career as a Physical Therapist. I am a first-generation Mexican-American who loves to spend time with my family and play soccer. I am very proud to be a 2023 Young Women’s Alliance Scholarship recipient and want to dedicate this achievement to my hardworking parents, supportive teachers, and counselor who made this possible for me!Cinthia Delgadillo
Hello! My name is Cindy Palomino-Cruz. I am currently a senior at Del Valle High School. I am very proud to be Hispanic, first-gen, and a 2023 Young Women’s Alliance Scholarship Recipient! I plan to attend Texas State University this upcoming Fall and major in pre-nursing! I am beyond grateful for all the blessings I have received. I owe all my accomplishments to God, my friends, family, and my favorite DVHS counselors, Ricky Perez & Dasjah Martinez<3. I will continue to work hard, be a good role model, and help give back to my community!Cindy Palomino-Cruz
Hi! My name is Alexis Ritchie, a 2023 Senior at Del Valle. I love going to Zilker park with my friends where I enjoy soaking up the sun and swimming in the river. I plan on attending the University of Texas at Austin where I will be majoring in Business. I am so thankful to have a wonderful support system that consists of my family, friends, coaches, teachers, and most importantly my sister. They continue to believe in me and encourage me to keep growing as a person by challenging myself.Alexis Ritchie
Hi y’all! I’m Mayra Luna, a graduating senior at Del Valle. I plan to attend Texas A&M University in the fall to major in Management Information Systems. I’m extremely excited to make new friends, memories and experiences! I’m super grateful to have received the Young Women’s Alliance scholarship this year. Thanks to my family, friends and teachers who have supported and encouraged me throughout the years! #gig’em !Mayra Luna
Hello! I’m Ashley Avalos, a student at Del Valle High School. I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin this upcoming fall and majoring in government. I am pursuing this major in hopes of one day having the opportunity to be in a position where I can fight for the rights of minorities, women, and any voice that has been dismissed. I feel incredibly blessed to be a Young Women’s Alliance recipient since it will allow me to fulfill my dream of going to college and being the first in my family to do so.Ashley Avalos
Hi, I’m Evelyn! I am a 2023 Senior at Del Valle High School. I like to paint, sculpt, play the piano, hike, and go to museums in my free time. I am excited to attend college at UT Austin in the fall and major in Biology with a pre-dental track. I aspire to become a dentist in the future and be able to help people be more confident and more comfortable with their smile.Evelyn Salas
Hello! I am Fatima Mendoza, a Senior in Del Valle High School. I enjoy reading, working out, and making crafts. This fall I will be attending UT Austin with a Biology major. After my Bachelor’s Degree, I hope to apply to Medical School and become a doctor. I am so grateful to the Young Women’s Alliance for this award. I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this whole process.Fatima Mendoza