What Will Your 1 Billion Dollar Acquisition Look Like?

If there was ever a reason to not to make time for your passion, keep reading.  By now you’ve heard of Facebook’s acquisition of that little, itty bitty application for 1, with a capitol B, Billion dollars!  With over 1 million users this tiny application with a punch serves as a camera lens for photographs on an iPhone.  I have to admit, I am a little obsessed with this application.  “Hello my name is Evelyn, and I am addicted to Instagram.” Here is a sampling of a few of my fav’s on this super cool application.

I digress. You should know that the cool cat, Kevin Systrom, who founded this application had absolutely no computer science experience, just a dream. Two years ago, he had a desire to change how people share images with one another kept him up at night. At one point he juggled a full-time job all while investing the night time to this endeavor. Above all, he believed in himself and his purpose.

You have a unique set of talents and have everything it takes to create something amazing! Like Kevin Systrom, you too can invest your energy into pursing your passion. What’s stopping you from preparing for your future 1 billion dollar acquisition?


Mas Family Scholarship

Applications Due: April 23, 2012

The Mas Family Scholarship offers both undergraduate and graduate scholarships for s students in the fields of Engineering, Business, International Relations, Economics, Communications, and Journalism. Students are eligible to be considered for a Mas Family Scholarship if they:

Are a Cuban-American student, who was born in Cuba or is a direct Cuban descendent and is considered financially “needy.” “Needy” will be defined by using a special federal formula that examines a family’s financial situation in terms of how much a family can contribute to its child’s education.

  • A minimum of a cumulative 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 GPA scale)
  • A minimum SAT score of 1500/ 2400
  • A complete application and all required forms submitted on time (see “Application Package” & “Application Instructions”)

For more information visit: http://jorgemascanosa.org/wordpress/?page_id=13


Adelante! US Educational Fund

Due April 30, 2012

Currently, there are six available scholarships available to college undergraduate students. Requirements vary from major to geographic location.

To learn more visit:



Napa Valley Dream Act Coalition

Dreamers Conference

Event Date: April 28, 2012

The second annual conference seeks to create awareness of resources for higher education and support of the youth, families of undocumented students, and their allies. The event will take place 8:30-3pm in Napa Valley, California.

To learn more visit: www.tinyurl.com/dreamersconference


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

2012 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series

Event Date: Monday, April 16, 2012

Join the 2011-12 CHCI’s graduate fellows for public policy roundtable discussion’s on pressing issues in the Hispanic community. The event is from 11-4pm in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill.

To learn more visit: http://www.chci.org/events/page/2012-young-latino-leaders-summit-series

By the way, don’t forget their scholarship for undergraduate/graduate application is due on 4/16. Visit for more information: http://www.chci.org/scholarships/


Lead the Way 2012 Fellowship 

Application Due: April 26
For Emerging Women of Color Executive Directors & Mid-Level Managers July 31-August 5, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida

Lead the Way: Building the Pipeline of Women of Color in the Non-Profit Sector is a year-long fellowship hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service for women of color mid-level managers and emerging Executive Directors, ages 25-38, working in U.S. based non-profit and community-based organizations.

For more information visit: http://wagner.nyu.edu/wocpn/leadership/

A 3 Pointer on Persistence, Passion and Resiliency

“He’s a beast!” shouted my husband at the top of his lungs about NBA basketball wonderkid Jeremy Lin during the game wining three-pointer on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors. Although I am not a hardcore basketball enthusiast, I payed special attention to the sound of Victor’s tone over this ball player. It appears he wasn’t the only one perplexed by this star who has become a sensation overnight.

So what makes Lin so special? Well, apart from his mad dribbling abilities, I can name a few.  First he’s a sharp kid. In 2010 he graduated with a Bachelors degree in economics from Harvard University.

He is persistent. Upon graduation Lin did everything possible to showcase his ability to “take it to the rim.”  Before his big break, he played for 2 NBA teams the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, California and Houston Rockets from Texas who both severely overlooked his talents.

Two words-he is passionate and resilient. Despite several unsuccessful attempts, Lin continued to exhibit confidence in his strengths until he reached the New York Knicks Development (D) Team. It was there where he was tapped on the shoulder to replace injured ball players and viola his big break turned up after a lot of hard work and faith!

Whether you attended Harvard or know how to dribble a ball, we can all learn from Jeremy Lin. Being persistent, passionate, and resilient can carry us a long way especially if we believe in ourselves.

In what ways will you exhibit persistence, passion and resiliency at school and work? How about within your scholarship, internship and fellowship applications?

Education, Like a Plant?

This weekend I attended my first course on Collaborative Technology for Knowledge Sharing, ODKM 720 at George Mason University. At the start of class my professor asked all of her students to consider our education, like a plant. So, she asked us to collectively plant our intentions for the semester. She gave each student a small pot, dirt, fertilizer and parsley and mint seeds. This one is mine.

Since then, this metaphor has occupied my mind.  Exactly what makes education like a plant? I came up with several thoughts. Perhaps the pot symbolizes the educational institution or the classroom and the earth is the mind, ready and willing to absorb the nutrients the sun and water provide. The piece that captures me the most in this analogy is that the frequency and amount of water and sun it receives matters to the plant. If there is not enough water and sun, the plant withers away, too much and it becomes exhausted and so overwhelmed it gives up. However with the right amount, the plant flourishes.

Like a plant, education requires patience and resiliency because in order to reap the rewards, it takes time.  Nevertheless when the benefits arrive, they come in abundance. With this metaphor in mind, what will you do this semester to stretch and nurture your mind so that it grows in abundance? Apply to a fellowship? How about a challenging seminar or course? Join a nontraditional extracurricular group?

Over the course of my graduate degree I will take frequent pictures of my plant and share them with you. It is my hope that you will join me on this journey. Together we will  feed and nourish our minds through education, internship/fellowships and scholarship opportunities and as a result our communities also reap benefits. Here are few opportunities to get us started.


Young Leaders Program

Due: February 15, 2012. Travel to Spain during the week of April 14 through April 21 with the US Spain Council, an organization dedicated to developing stronger connections between the two countries.  In its 11th year, ten selected participants will garner a greater understanding of Spain and the critical bilateral relationships between both countries. Participants must be 30-45 years of age at the time of application.

To learn more visit: http://usspaincouncil.org/index.php/programs/young_leaders


Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP)

Applications due: May 16, 2012. In its 30th year, the SVMP, organized by the Harvard Business School offers rising college seniors a week long management training program which offers insight into the challenges business leaders face in the 21st century.  It is important to note that this unique program requires candidates to be employed in a summer internship and be nominated by and receive sponsorship from their company or organization. In addition, selected participants must be the first family member to attend college, a member of a minority group.

To learn more visit:  http://www.hbs.edu/svmp/  Applications will be available in early February.


ProInspire Fellowship

Applications Due:  February 8, 2012. ProInspire, a nonprofit organization committed to increasing the diversity pipeline in the nonprofit sector through its yearlong fellowship program. Selected candidates receive $42,000 in annual compensation, health benefits, along with trainings, coaching and leadership development projects.  The fellowship is meant for business professionals with 2-5 years of experience who are interested in utilizing their skills with top nonprofits in the Washington, DC metro area. 

For more information visit: http://www.proinspire.org/fellows/fellowship-overview/


Voto Latino Power Summit

Training Dates: April 14-15, 2012. Young Latinos, lend me your ears! The two day conference is designed for the young Latinos interested in creating positive change in their communities. “Leaders will receive training from public officials, artists, grassroots organizers and business leaders in new media….” The conference will take place on the campus of USC in Los Angeles, California. Executive Direct, Maria Teresa Kulmar is at the helm of this organization, and I know anything with her name on it is golden!

For more information visit: http://www.votolatino.org/power-summit


 2012 Cesar Chavez Award Nominations

Due: February 1, 2012: Do you know a member in the community of Nevada who is greatly contributing to the wellbeing of Las Vegas? Consider nominating this person for the Cesar Chavez Award. Selected nominees will receive recognition on March 31st during the LUZ Community Coalition, Cesar Chavez Gala.

For more information visit:  http://luz-coalition.org/Cesar_Chavez_Award_Gala.html

MRLT on Facebook

TGIF My Road Less Traveled Friends!

I trust you’ve had an extraordinarily positive and fulfilling week.  On Monday, MRLT created a Facebook group to serve as another virtual space to share opportunities and resources. Community group members have posted exciting opportunities such as scholarships for undocumented students, HS Senior scholarships, internships, and leadership training opportunities.

You don’t want to miss the action, so check us out here: www.facebook.com/groups/268740333190564/ 

Thanks for stoping by, I look forward to seeing more of you in 2012!

Over and out,



Resolutions & Opportunities

Happy New Year My Road Less Traveled Friends!

2012 is going to be an amazing year, I just know it. Whether you are starting high school, beginning college, graduating, or entering the workforce, this year is going to be sensational. I hope My Road Less Traveled can be part of your journey, support you through your endeavors and together, celebrate your achievements.

To get off on the right start, here are several articles worthwhile that offer tips to solidify your new years resolutions. Whether it’s saving more money, spending less time online: Three Powerful Lesson I Learned When I Got Offline or if you simply want to focus on garnering the competitive edge in the workplace this year, consider reading these articles and let me know what you think.

In addition, here are a few more opportunities that you may find beneficial. Go forth and share!


Lead UP Fellows Application (College Students & Young Professionals) 

Applications due Friday, January 13, 2012. Do you enjoy interacting with High School students? Are you passionate about community building and Israel issues? If you live in the DC or San Francisco area consider applying to the Lead UP fellowship, a paid opportunity that will offer you $1,000 plus funds to facilitate workshops with HS students on community building with an emphasis on Israel related issues.

To learn more visit: https://israelcc.wufoo.com/forms/m7p7a7/


Drum Major Institute

Applications due: January 31, 2012. Spend two-weeks during the summer in New York learning the nuts and bolts about solving challenges through public policy. The program will also help students explore careers in public policy through internships and offer follow-up trainings. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be covered for selected participants.

To learn more visit: http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/ or visit the application http://tiny.cc/203gh


Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program

Applications Due: March 1, 2012. This program is more than just financial support for college students who will enroll full time next year, it includes a mentoring component, time management, financial literacy, and character building online workshops. Scholarships range between $500-$10,000.

To learn more visit: http://www.hispanicfund.org/programs/college/scholarships

Doing The Right Thing Takes Courage

When I was in college, someone I admired lead me to my first job. He said “Call Margarita, let her know I sent you.” Two weeks later, I was responsible for an offsite afterschool classroom of 22 amazing children for the YMCA. I enjoyed cultivating friendships with the youth and encouraging them to look past their environment and instead, dream of the possibilities.  A year passed and the dry summer heat approached us, my after school program was preparing to close shop until next school year. My boss made it clear, she couldn’t guarantee the same pay rate working with youth during the summer. She insisted that I take the lifeguard certification course, because I could possibly get paid more. Uh, oh, little did she know that I could not swim! I tried to tell her, “no…no…no, nonsense, swimming is like riding a bike, you never forget!”

I showed up on exam day with a cute bathing suite, thinking I was hot stuff. The instructor gave the students specific directions “swim 20 laps across the pool, then take this brick and drop it into the pool…” ::Insert hyperventilating:: “each of you will dive 15 feet, grab the slab of concrete, and bring it back up to the surface.” I thought what I did was courageous that day. In retrospect, it was mostly embarrassing.

A quarter into my first lap in the pool, I couldn’t touch the floor and began to doggy paddle. The whistle went off, and it felt like everything within 2 miles of me stopped. “Garcia!! get the heck out of my pool, your embarrassing me!” I knew he was talking to me, I semi-breast stroked back to the surface and walked away. Maybe one day I’ll be a certified lifeguard.

Although I had faith in myself, I knew that swimming was a skill that I could not develop overnight. The real courage would have been in telling my boss that I knew my strengths very well and swimming was not one of them.

What will you do to ensure you maintain a courages spirit for doing the right thing?

Before The End Of The Year

Happy Holidays My Road Less Traveled Friends!

I am eager to share a few more opportunities before the end of the year with you. If you on holiday break from school like me,  find time to be inspired and get ahead start with applications to internships, fellowships, and scholarships. Fight the urge to stay in bed and veg, avoid tube sucking like watching excessive amounts of TV, playing brain numbing games like Angry Birds, or catching up on the latest dish on Facebook. The fact is distractions are everywhere so, I encourage you to invest the time now and get applications out of the way. Promise, you will reap the rewards later.

National Institute of Health, National Scholarship Program

Due: February 1, 2012. The National Institute of Health, Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers up to $20,000 a year and can be renewed for up to 4 years. In addition, recipients receive paid research training the NIH for the sumer and paid employment and training upon graduation.

Qualified students must be committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. In addition, students must be US Citizens, enrolled full-time in a college or university, have a 3.5 GPA out of 4.0, and have exceptional financial need.

To learn more visit: http://tiny.cc/qv8s9


White House Summer Internship

Due: January 22, 2012. Each year, the White House selects undergraduate students to participate in the prestigious non-paid internship program. On any given day, interns have assignments that include conducting research, managing incoming inquires, writing memos, etc. Interns participate in weekly events and participate in a long-term service project that has an impact on the surrounding community.

Although this opportunity is non paid, the experience of being in the nation’s capitol and learning hands on about our government is priceless. To learn more visit: http://tiny.cc/omsj2


2012 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program (HS Students)

Due: February 17, 2012. This is an opportunity to earn $10,000 for college-bound students (renewable for up to $40,000). Candidates must be nominated by a community leader, high school principal, elected official, or nonprofit executive. In addition, they must demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship, within and outside the classroom.

To learn more visit:http://tiny.cc/dq6yi  or on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/GEReaganScholarships


Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Due: December 31, 2011. Here’s a chance to earn $1,000 or $500 to help cover the cost of books! This scholarship is offered by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), a national nonprofit dedicated to promote the principals of democracy by empowering minorities and similarly disenfranchised groups. The deets: students must be enrolled full or part time in a college institution, have verifiable need for financial support, and available to attend USHLI’s conference February 16-19, 2012

To learn more and apply visit: http://tiny.cc/USHLI


MALDEF Law Student Scholarship

Due: January 2, 2012. Are you currently in Law school? Each year MALDEF offers 5-10 students $5,000. Act fast, they require a signature from your law school financial aid officer, along with a list of your outstanding debt. Selected students will effectively showcase evidence of advocating for Latino civil rights and the promise of future commitment.

To learn more visit: http://tiny.cc/5iag0