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Somos Acero Scholarship and Annual Achievement Luncheon

Somos Acero Scholarship


The Somos Acero Scholarship was created to recognize the achievements of our students and to support their educational journeys when they graduate from high school. A unique feature of the scholarship is that it is awarded to elementary school graduates as well as the graduates of our three high schools. Our goal is to encourage all of our students to pursue the collegiate education of their choice and to remain rooted in our community of scholars.


From our beginnings, we sought to provide excellent educational opportunities for our community members and our Somos Scholarship winners embody our success in that endeavor. Acero 8th-grade and high school graduates go on to attend Acero high schools, prestigious secondary schools, and a diverse representation of colleges, trade schools, and universities across the nation. Wherever they go they represent the Acero vision.


In the midst of a global pandemic, we virtually granted 16 scholarships to deserving Acero students. Not only did these students stand out through their academic achievements but they also embodied the 2020 Acero values of Achievement, Community, Excellence, Resilience and Optimism. 


In May, we will commemorate 16 new Somos Scholars, virtually, at our Annual Somos Acero Celebration. This year we asked our applicants to write their essay describing what the new Acero value of “Equity” means to them. Their applications must detail how they honor this value in their life and how they embody Equity in their daily actions at school, at home and out in the community.


Thank you to all of our sponsors, families and scholars for your support. It is your generosity and belief in our mission that enables us to provide students with scholarship funding. 


Watch 2020 Somos Scholar recipient, Cristal Vargas, share her story, advice, and college plans all made possible by her hard work and the Somos Scholarship fund.

If you would like to donate or to receive more information on the 2021 Somos Scholarship Fundraiser, click the link below.
Paper Application: If you would like a paper application mailed to your home please contact Acero Schools at (312)-637-3900.
If you would like to be a sponsor for the 2021 Somos Scholarship Fundraiser, please select from the options below.
2020 Somos Acero Achievement Celebration
In June of 2020 we, unfortunately, were unable to host our annual Somos Acero Achievement Luncheon in person. Although the school year has been altered due to the uncertain times, one thing is for certain--our commitment to our scholars' success.
We, in turn, successfully hosted a virtual event to celebrate our scholars. All 16 Somos Scholars were presented their awards at home with a celebration meal provided by our friends at, Mi Tierra! Click below to watch the virtual #SomosScholarship Celebration. #WeAreAcero #SomosAcero
For the second year Acero Schools hosted its annual Somos Aceros luncheon to award 16 deserving and academically accomplished Acero students with scholarships to help further their educations, specifically focused on college. While the event was virtual due to extenuating circumstances, Acero employees were able to present 16 students with Somos Scholarship certificates representing awards of $500 or more to be used toward college tuition.
CEO, Richard L. Rodriguez, has said "Through these scholarships offered, we hope to pass on our love of learning and help open more doors of opportunity to our students. This is how WE build community." 
In addition to the 16 Somos Acero Scholarships given, 4 Argonne National HLC Opportunity awards were presented. These awards, in the amount of $250, were granted to 8th grade students to help cover fees for awardees entering their first year of high school.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and guests for your support. It is your generosity and belief in our mission that enables us to provide students with scholarship funding. 
*Images are from Acero's 2019 Somos Scholarship Celebration