Dr. Karin Durán Memorial Youth Scholarship


The Dr. Karin Durán Memorial Youth Scholarship provides college scholarships to high-achieving Latina high school students from the San Fernando Valley.

Dr. Durán was a founding member of Comisión Femenil of the San Fernando Valley. Dedicating more than 25 years to supporting the academic growth of her students, she single-handedly organized Comisión Femenil's annual scholarship. From 1992 until her untimely passing in 2010, she contributed her own private funds to support our scholarship program. In the Spring of 2011, we honored our comadre by renaming our scholarship program to the "Dr. Karin Durán Memorial Youth Scholarship" as a tribute to her legacy.

She will always be remembered for her unwavering dedication to her students, her outstanding commitment to service her community, and her compassion toward all who sought her guidance.

As of 2015 the Dr. Karin Duran Youth Memorial Scholarship has awarded over $48,750 to over 108 young Latina scholars. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.


2019 Scholarship Application


  1. Be female of Latina heritage

  2. Be a graduating senior from a high school in the San Fernando Valley

  3. Be attending a two-year or four-year college or university for the FALL 2019

  4. Have a minimum 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA

Application and all supporting materials must be submitted by the NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019. ONLY COMPLETE applications will be reviewed. Complete applications include:

  1. Completed scholarship application

  2. Two essay prompts: 400 words maximum each prompt & Size 12 font

    Essay Prompt #1: Describe a challenge that Latina’s face and what would you do as a leader to address this issue?

    Essay Prompt #2: Provide an example of how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.

    It is recommended to type essays into Microsoft word document, spell check. do a word count, and copy and paste into scholarship application.

  3. Official electronic high school transcript. Have your high school counselor scan and email your official transcripts to scholarship@comisionfemenil.org from their work email.

  4. One Comision Femenil Online Recommender Form completed by an Academic or Professional reference, For example: teacher, college counselor, academic advisor, administrator, volunteer supervisor, etc, NO PERSONAL references. Link located below.

Applications are due FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

The Scholarship Selection Committee is looking for applicants who demonstrate the following:

  1. Balance of school, family, employment and/or community involvement

  2. Financial need

  3. Essay-clarity, originality of ideas and good writing skills

  4. Leadership abilities

For more information, contact us at scholarship@comisionfemenil.org.

Apply here to the 2019 Dr. Karin Durán Memorial Youth Scholarship

Click here to access the online 2019 CF Recommender Form

Download the CF 2019 Scholarship Flyer - please post, print and share!

Scholarship Tips

  1. Give yourself enough time to prepare the scholarship.

  2. Find out how and where you need to get electronic Official Transcripts.

  3. Select a Recommender that can speak on your leadership abilities, community involvement, circumstances that may affect your college success and your motivation to go to college.

  4. It is recommended to type essays into Microsoft word document and copy and paste into scholarship application.

  5. Revise your scholarship essay, ask a teacher and or counselor, etc to review it.