Announcing the Winners of the HNBA Scholarship – Region V!

May 8, 2012 | Washington, DC – Last week, during the 2012 HNBA Advocacy Summit, HNBA Region V President Juan Sempertegui announced the winners of the Region V HNBA Scholarship: Estefania San Juan, Brenda D. Villanueva, and Aisha Ching. These three law students will each receive an award of $1,000 to go towards their law school tuition.

This year, the HNBA and The HNBA Legal Education Fund launched a scholarship initiative to provide a total of $57,000 to Latino law students in each of the HNBA’s 19 regions nationwide. This effort, in turn, is part of the HNBA’s goal of providing $100,000 in scholarships in 2012. The HNBA Legal Education Fund (“The Fund”) is the HNBA’s only IRS Section 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and the only non-profit foundation that supports the HNBA’s educational and charitable missions, including identifying and providing financial assistance to worthy programs that address education and the law within the U.S. Hispanic community and legal profession.

Congratulations to the winners!

Estefania San Juan

Ms. San Juan is a rising third year student at American University, Washington College of Law.  Originally from Colombia, South America, she is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina.  Before law school, she was an immigration paralegal at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she aided immigrant victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence.  While in law school, she has been involved with the Latino/a Law Students Association, the International Human Rights Law Clinic,  International Arbitration Moot Court Competition, and is currently the Senior Symposium Editor at the American University Law Review.

Brenda D. Villanueva

Ms. Villanueva is a rising second year law student at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.  Currently, Brenda is a CLEO Fellow and for the upcoming academic year will serve as Co-President for Maryland’s Legislative Law Association and the Community Outreach Director for the Latino Law Students Association.  This summer, Brenda will be a Google Public Policy Fellow at the National Hispanic Media Coalition and hopes to pursue a legal career in Internet/telecom related opportunities in the Federal Government or in the DC Metro area private sector. She is most proud of being the first in her family to graduate from high school, college and attend law school, moreover, for her opportunity this year to successfully mentor other Latinas through the law school application process.


Aisha Ching

Ms. Ching is a rising third-year law student at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law.  Currently, Aisha serves as the President of her law school’s Latino Law Student Association. A California resident and daughter of first-generation immigrants, Aisha aspires to practice in immigration law.




To learn more about The Fund or to make an online donation, please visit For additional questions, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, at or (713) 222-7211.