Abigail Kopp

Vice President

Diana Downes


Paul Steinmetz

Executive Secretary

Allison Solis

Corresponding Secretary

Jessica Coronel

Board Members

Leticia Agosto

Lorena Ceballos

Jose Diaz

Yasmin Ortiz

Dennis Perkins

Lissette Rivas

Yadiry Rodriguez

Cristina Saam

Perry R. Salvagne

Maria Xavier

Selection Committee

Mayra Olavaria

Lisa Rivas

The Latino Scholarship Fund, Inc. was founded in 1994 by a group concerned that less than 20% of Danbury High School’s Latino graduates were going on to higher education. That was the lowest percentage of any ethnic group within the graduating class. Within six months the Latino Scholarship Fund raised $10,000 and in 1996 awarded its first 10 scholarships to Danbury High School Latino graduates.

Since that time, the Latino Scholarship Fund has raised and awarded more than $900,000 in scholarship money to over 550 Latino high school graduates throughout the Greater Danbury area, including Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, and Ridgefield. In 2018 the board voted to expand our reach into lower Fairfield County. 

Today, Danbury High School sends nearly 80% of its Latino graduates on to post-high school education and training — significantly exceeding state averages for Latinos in Connecticut.

Latino Scholarship Fund recipients have attended many of the country’s elite schools, including Yale, Purdue, MIT, Duke, Georgetown, Cornell, UConn, UMass, as well as our outstanding local schools, including Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College.

The Latino Scholarship Fund has the support of many organizations and is proud of its strong affiliation with Union Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, Newtown Savings Bank, Wells Fargo, Cartus, Caldwell-Walsh, Western Connecticut Health Network, Allstate, IBM, Ventura Law, Hodge Insurance, Center for Safer Communities, Western Connecticut State University and other businesses and generous individuals who see value in helping provide for tomorrow’s workforce and future community leaders. 

The Latino Scholarship Fund was recognized in 2019 with a “Best of Danbury Award” in the nonprofit category.

The Latino Scholarship Fund is operated entirely by volunteers, but is a professionally run organization that enjoys widespread community support and has a history of success. As a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, donations to the Latino Scholarship Fund are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

The organization raises money for scholarships through donations fundraisers, including the annual gala, Salsa Mixer, Fashion Show and other events.

The organization’s presidents include:

Peter Kalman, 1994-2007

Abner Burgos-Rodriquez, 2008-2010

Ileana Velazquez, 2011-2013

Eliette Matos, 2013-2015

Abigail Kopp, 2015-present



History of the Latino Scholarship Fund, Inc. 

A dream come true...

Ileana Velazquez and Peter Kalman, main founders of the LSF.

Abner Burgos


Eliette Matos


Abigail Kopp

2015- pres

Latino Scholarship Fund Inc. P. O. Box 3355 Danbury CT 06813

Please Note: Volunteering, Donating and General Participation in the Latino Scholarship Fund, Inc. does not increase chances for scholarship awards. All awards are based on the application process and Selection Committee's evaluation of each candidate.