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"Helping young immigrants achieve their True Potential through affordable, quality education"

The True Potential Scholarship focuses on creating opportunities for young immigrants who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and Temporary Protective immigration status (TPS). These individuals are commonly known as ”Dreamers" and are not eligible to receive any public benefits, including federal financial aid and many scholarships. Because of the public funds restriction, True Potential uses 100% private donations and private institutional funds.

 

The idea for this scholarship was born out of experience. Ross & Karen Pesek, the founders of this program, were able to attend college because of the generosity of others. Ross attended Central Community College, Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska College of Law over seven years always in scholarships. Karen attended Central Community College and Wayne State College also with a scholarship. Ross and Karen often give thanks to the donors whose generosity allowed them to get their education and begin to fulfill their true potential.

 

Since starting Pesek Law, Ross and Karen have dedicated much of their efforts towards helping others in their community. They opened a free legal clinic in South Omaha at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where Ross gives free legal advice in Spanish every Monday night. He has met with over 2,500 people in eight years at the clinic. Ross has also announced immigration reforms to thousands at local churches and personally helped well over 300 people brought to this country as children obtain DACA. Finally, Ross has a thriving legal practice that is heavily influenced by Spanish speaking immigrants. Karen is the Director of Finance and Community Liaison of the firm and daily, both try to validate those individuals who gave them an opportunity by creating the scholarships that funded their education.

 

Since 2014, and thanks to the generosity of many donors, over 100 full one year scholarships have been awarded to approximately 75 unique individuals. 

Our Team

Ross Pesek

Founder and Program Director

Ross is the founder of True Potential. He is also a bilingual private practice attorney at Pesek Law in Omaha focusing on Personal Injury cases.

email:

ross@peseklaw.com

www.peseklaw.com

Gallery of Past Recipients 

Karen Pesek

Founder and Student Liason

Karen is the co-founder of True Potential. She is also the Director of Finance at Pesek Law firm and our main student contact.

 

email:

karen@peseklaw.com

www.peseklaw.com

Scott Lloyd

Executive Director of

Matters On Tomorrow

Scott is the Executive Director of Matters On Tomorrow, the 501c3 organization under which True Potential is active. Scott works in Lincoln in the financial industry. To learn more about Matters On Tomorrow please visit:

 www.mattersontomorrow.org

Gallery: Past Scholarship Recipients

 
Martha Alicia Gomez Angeles

Martha Alicia Gomez Angeles

True Potential Scholar 2019 Academic Transfer Bussiness Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Greccia Torres Arredondo

Greccia Torres Arredondo

True Potential Scholar 2019 Academic Transfer Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Deyra Jaime Rodriguez

Deyra Jaime Rodriguez

True Potential Scholar 2019 Nursing Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Dayana Hurtado

Dayana Hurtado

True Potential Scholar 2019 Computer Science Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Carlos Aguilar-Ramirez

Carlos Aguilar-Ramirez

True Potential Scholar 2019 Photography Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Brenda Mejia Palma

Brenda Mejia Palma

True Potential Scholar 2019 Nursing Metropolitan Community College(MCC)

Beatriz A. Gabino Magana

Beatriz A. Gabino Magana

True Potential Scholar 2019 Nursing Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Miriam Corenzo

Miriam Corenzo

True Potential Scholar 2019 CPN WIT

Erendia Ornelas

Erendia Ornelas

True Potential Scholar 2019 Elementary Education South Western Community College

Kevin Osiel Boteo-Mazoriegos

Kevin Osiel Boteo-Mazoriegos

True Potential Scholar 2019 Construction Technology and Management Central Community College (CCC)

Yovanni Sanchez

Yovanni Sanchez

True Potential Scholar 2019 Paramedic Northeast Community College (NECC)

Cristina Moreno

Cristina Moreno

True Potential Scholar 2019 Academic Trannsfer Bussiness Southeast Commuity College (SCC)

Hermelinda Escobar Tercero

Hermelinda Escobar Tercero

True Potential Scholar 2019 Medical Assistant Southeast Community College (SCC)

Issac Elihu Villa Sacedo

Issac Elihu Villa Sacedo

True Potential Scholar 2019 Electro Mechanical and Automation Southeast Community College (SCC)

Jose Velazqez-Lara

Jose Velazqez-Lara

True Potential Scholar 2019 Diesel Engineering Southeast Community College (SCC)

2014: First Round of Scholarships

2014: First Round of Scholarships

In 2014, we awarded five scholarships to: Fernando Gomez, Lorena Salas, Yessica Aleman and Daisy Beltran. Not pictured: Jackie Lopez.

2015 Group Picture

2015 Group Picture

In 2015, we awarded 7 scholarships. In the picture, from left to right: Luis Olivas, Ross Pesek, Liliana Martinez, Jackie Lopez, Martin Hernandez, Karen Pesek.

2016 Group Picture

2016 Group Picture

19 scholarships were awarded in the 2016 school year!

Brisa Mejia-Crisanto

Brisa Mejia-Crisanto

Earth Studies Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Erick Landa-Guerrero

Erick Landa-Guerrero

Culinary Arts Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

2017 Group Picture

2017 Group Picture

In 2017, we awarded 26 scholarships! 2017 marks our final group pictures due to the amazing growth of participants!

Adolfo Diaz-Vargas

Adolfo Diaz-Vargas

Adv. Manufacturing Design Technology Southeast Community College (SCC)

Martha Gomez-Angeles

Martha Gomez-Angeles

Real Estate Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Kenia Hernandez-Santiago

Kenia Hernandez-Santiago

Nursing Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Yovani Sanchez-Carrera

Yovani Sanchez-Carrera

Nursing Northeast Community College (NECC)

Noelia Ledesma-Gonzalez

Noelia Ledesma-Gonzalez

Business Northwest Iowa Community College (NWICC)

Bernardo Morales-Rodriguez

Bernardo Morales-Rodriguez

Electrical Technology Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Grecia Torres-Arredondo

Grecia Torres-Arredondo

Animal Science Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Carlos Aguilar-Ramirez

Carlos Aguilar-Ramirez

Business/Marketing & Cinematography Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Ana Loya

Ana Loya

Human Services Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Calixto Lopez

Calixto Lopez

Construction Management & Technology Southeast Community College (SCC)

Brisa Lara-Gonzalez

Brisa Lara-Gonzalez

Dentistry Southeast Community College (SCC)

Tomas Brito

Tomas Brito

General Education Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Beatriz Gabino-Maganda

Beatriz Gabino-Maganda

Nursing Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Kevin Boteo-Mazariegos

Kevin Boteo-Mazariegos

Construction Technology Central Community College (CCC)

Hermelinda Escobar-Tercero

Hermelinda Escobar-Tercero

Nursing Southeast Community College (SCC)

Jonathan Alvaraz

Jonathan Alvaraz

Welding/Automotive Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

Susan Sanchez-Medina

Susan Sanchez-Medina

Microbiology & Dentistry Metropolitan Community College (MCC)

True Potential Scholar 2017

True Potential Scholar 2017

True Potential Scholar 2017

True Potential Scholar 2017

True Potential Scholar 2017

True Potential Scholar 2017

Susan Sanchez-Medina

Microbiology & Dentistry Metropolitan Community College (MCC)