The Dominga Sanchez Family Scholarship was founded in 2021 by her son, Leo Sanchez to change lives in her honor. The inspiration for the scholarship came from Dominga’s constant support of her son while working through school. No other vehicle for honoring her memory seemed more fitting than one that shares her nature of positively and directly affecting a person’s life.
To pay tribute to the impact that Dominga Sanchez had on so many throughout her life, this endowed scholarship seeks to impact the life of students who can carry her ideals of fully living, fully loving, and committing to selflessness into the future.
Details and Description of the Scholarship
As Dominga supported her son through his academic journey, this scholarship will support students in the W. P. Carey School of Business. In managing the fund, the ASU Foundation will pay on an annual basis to the ASU Beneficiary the approved endowment distribution (“Fund Payout”) to provide support for a W. P. Carey School of Business student enrolled within the Master of Real Estate Development Program.
Leo and his wife Maricela make up the award committee that oversees the review, interview, and awarding processes for applicants to the scholarship. With a commitment to elevate underrepresented individuals in the corporate real estate sector, they will look for female applicants from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, in honoring Dominga’s memory, Leo and Maricela will search for applicants who most capture Dominga’s qualities of fully living, fully loving, and committing to selflessness.
Dominga Sanchez was a person who fully lived, fully loved, and fully committed to a practice of selflessness.
Dominga’s expression of life was a high-spirited sincerity. She stressed the importance of balancing the seriousness of life with its joys and pleasures. Through dance, music, food, and other inventions of herself, Dominga invited conversation, laughter, and a sense of trueness that others could feel in her presence. Her expression of love was strength and mindfulness.
Dominga never abandoned her joy, no matter the loss or suffering. She always had a global sense of love by never holding grudges, loving unconditionally, and always thinking toward the future about those most precious to her. This forward thinking greatly informed her commitment to selflessness. She was always purposeful in her life, refusing to stay stagnant. Dominga sought to be a lifetime learner, continue to discover new things she enjoyed, and always push against the obstacles created from her own doubts. She did these things not only for her own growth but most importantly to be a model for her family, which she had an undying passion for and held as the most important aspect of her life.
This scholarship will support a W. P. Carey School of Business student enrolled within the Masters of Real Estate Development program. It is preference that the recipient of this award be a female student of a diverse background. If there isn't a recipient that matches this preference, the preference goes to a female student within that program.
Future Development of the Scholarship
The Dominga Sanchez family scholarship seeks to grow year over year through personal contributions and fundraising events. The scholarship is a legacy project for Leo and Maricela so their children may one day take up the duties of the awareness, fundraising, and award committee, to have a positive impact on minority woman pursuing graduate level studies for generations to come.