$500 – $1, 000 AWARD

On August of 2012, a very special woman left to the heaven’s above. At the age of 47, Modesta Longoria-our Tia, passed away after a valiant battle with breast cancer. During her last weeks with us physically, many of us will never forget her telling us that although her body was tired, she HERSELF- was not. This was a testament of her strong spirit and her courageous journey with this unfortunate disease.

In 2012, we added an additional philanthropy to Supernova- Celebrating Life, While Giving Back To The Community,  in honor of our loved one – Auntie Modesta (Tita). Her journey and will to fight this disease is an inspiration that provided strength, support, and love to so many. In her honor, we introduced a scholarship that is available to students.

2017 Recipients

Erik Martinez – San Jose States University
Lissette Murillo – Cal State East Bay

2016 Recipients

Karina Barragan Stefannie Sanchez-Flores

Karina Barragan: San Jose State University (left), Stefannie Sanchez-Flores: California State University Monterey Bay & Hartnell College (right)

2015 Recipients

Candice Camboa

Valeria Flores-Rivero – San Jose States University (Nursing Major)

2014 Recipients

S712 S710

Rebecca Taub: California State University, Eastbay (left) Monica Villegas: San Jose State University (right)

Requirements include:

  1. Personal Essay (2 pages maximum). Open to any major but please describe how your current educational and/or professional path will lead towards raising cancer awareness, prevention and/ or support within the Latino community.
  2. Must be enrolled at least part time (6 units) in a junior college or university in Northern California, working towards an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree.
  3. Current transcripts (unofficial is ok). Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (If below a 3.0, briefly make note of how you hope to obtain the required GPA)
  4. One letter of recommendation from a professor, mentor or employment supervisor, speaking on your potential for leadership and qualification for this award (more then one letter is OK)
  5. Students of Latino background (or those who demonstrate a commitment to Latino communities)

We request that the student be available for Supernova- Celebrating Life, While Giving Back To The Community event on December1st, 2018 in Milpitas, California so that we may introduce recipients to our guests.


Please submit all materials by – 

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 by 5 pm

via email to


mail to: 

Attn: Modesta’s Spirit & Courage Scholarship Fund

C/O Francisco Espinosa

P.O Box 21498

San Jose, CA 95121

2018-2019 Scholarship


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