Face of the Fund: Leury Lopez
by Leury Lopez, Grade 12 – La Salle Academy, Providence RI
Growing up in Providence, I witnessed a lot of people struggling. This experience left me with a sense of urgency to prevail and succeed; San Miguel and La Salle Academy provided the tools and opportunities to make that a reality.
At San Miguel, the teachers showed me the importance of leading with humility, discipline, and respect. La Salle provides endless opportunities to grow as a person, new avenues to excel as a student, and an atmosphere that promotes kindness and fosters success. I know Lasallian education has increased my likelihood of attending a great college, but I think the values I learned will help me make a contribution to the world well beyond the classroom.
My future would look very different if not for the Saint John Baptist de La Salle Fund. In eighth grade, I knew that attending La Salle would be my chance at a better life, but the cost of tuition made that nearly impossible. The De La Salle Fund changed my life by allowing me to get a quality education alongside my friends from San Miguel who also received help – a dream come true.
I am extremely grateful to God, my family, and my San Miguel and La Salle Academy communities for encouraging me to strive to be my absolute best. With their support, I know I will succeed.