The second class of recipients of onePULSE Foundation’s scholarship program was announced May 18. 

The legacy scholarships honor the 49 lives that were taken in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

More than $236,000 in scholarships was awarded in all. The program provides academic opportunities to those who “embody love, hope, unity, courage and unconditional acceptance.” The scholarships are to be used during the 2021-2022 academic year.

The nonprofit onePULSE Foundation was established after the shooting to help preserve the legacy of those who were killed through its education programs and the establishment of both a memorial and a museum.

Officials said they worked with the families and loved ones of those who were killed to establish the scholarships based on the respective victims’ interests, careers or aspirations — called an “Angel” designation.

“As an extension of their impact on our world, the scholarships will inspire and empower students who share similar dreams, ambitions and goals,” a statement read.

Preference was given to applicants who are immediate family members of the 49 victims, as well as all of the survivors of the tragedy. Five family members, two survivors, 10 legacy scholars from the inaugural class, five trade and technical students, 32 undergraduates and 12 graduate students were awarded scholarships, officials said.

A committee of 17 community members scored three phases of a review process and made the final selections. The committee did not know the names of the applicants until the final interview stage. Officials said many factors were considered when assessing applicants, including their personal story, financial need or independence, strong academic or self-improvement interest, and proven track record of leadership, community involvement and/or work experience.

More than 150 completed applications were received, and the second class represents incoming freshmen majoring in aerospace engineering, business, communications, clinical mental health counseling, international relations and the performing arts. Some recipients are involved in nursing, beauty and cosmetology schools, or are pursuing advanced degrees in medicine and law.

Scholarship awards are up to $10,000 for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools.

The second class of recipients and their respective Angel designation are as follows:

Luis Moros – Akyra Monet Murray 

Sabrina Jean-Charles – Alejandro Barrios Martinez 

Kathryn Thurston – Amanda L. Alvear 

Victoria Humphrey – Angel Candelario-Padro 

Solomon Brooks – “Angel of Acceptance” 

Megan Leinenbach – “Angel of Hope” 

Brandi Milliner – “Angel of Strength” 

Victoria Edwards – “Angel of Unity” 

Elijah Vives – Anthony Luis Laureano Disla 

Laura Katz – Antonio "Tony" Brown 

Brooklyn McCool – Brenda Marquez McCool 

Sage Croft – Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz 

Tiffany Woods – Cory James Connell 

Jonathan Beltran Torres – Darryl Roman Burt II 

Shepherd Drayton – Deonka "Dee Dee" Drayton 

Sarah Clein – Eddie Jamal Droy Justice 

Hattie Bellino – Eddie Sotomayor, Jr. 

Georgia Bernbaum – Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera 

Meera Kochhar – Frank Hernandez 

Yahaira Rivera – Franky Jimmy DeJesus Velázquez 

Caidin Smith – Gerardo A. Ortiz Jimenez 

Kate Aldinger – Gilberto R. Silva Menendez 

Myreanna Bebe – Jason Benjamin Josaphat 

Cody Donaldson – Javier Jorge Reyes 

Rosamaria Febo – Jean C. Mendez Perez 

Quran Howard – Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez 

Elyana Hutson – Jerry Wright 

Edwin Miguel Rodriguez – Joel Rayon Paniagua 

Amelia Leon – Jonathan A. Camuy Vega 

Alexia Drayton – Juan Chavez Martinez 

Jon Atchison – Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez 

Jack Cocchiarella – Juan Ramon Guerrero 

Julia Jamieson – Kimberly Jean Morris 

Adon Cox – Leroy Valentin Fernandez 

Logan Alvarez – Luis D. Conde 

Alejandra Espinel – Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon 

Jay Jones – Luis Omar Ocasio Capo 

Kimberly Vielma – Luis Sergio Vielma 

Fabiana Diez-Cianferoni – Martin Benitez Torres 

Valentina Diaz – Mercedez Marisol Flores 

Gwendolyn Smith – Miguel Angel Honorato 

Elizabeth Tichenor – Oscar A. Aracena Montero 

Samuel Vilchez Santiago – Paul Terrell Henry 

Nader Tabsh – Rodolfo Ayala Ayala 

Alex Allen – Shane Evan Tomlinson 

Eriyan Barrett – Stanley Almodovar III 

Thuy-ThuongNguyen – Tevin Eugene Crosby

Reagan Nehring – Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado 

Carter Ford – Yilmary Rodríguez Solivan


More information is at onepulsefoundation.org.