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Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Establishes Two New Scholarships

Thursday, July 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Establishes Two New Scholarships

NEW YORK (July 14, 2016) - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated establishes two new scholarships in memoriam of Hermanas (members) Fanny D. Carela and Gabrielle “Gabby” Elise Oberti. With these two new scholarships the Sorority is able to expand their Proyecto H.A.C.E.R (Hermanas Advancing Career and Educational Resources) initiative, which focuses on building and investing in the Latino, and other underrepresented communities of color. In Spanish hacer means “to make, to build, to do.”

“We are excited that we can offer these two very special scholarships in the memory of our Hermanas. Both Fanny and Gabby were dedicated to La Hermandad (the sisterhood) and La Comunidad (the community). Through their actions, these two strong women of character gave selflessly, so it is very fitting that as we expand our philanthropic efforts we are able to offer awards that improve our communities by edifying individuals,” said Cristina Bañuelos, national president of Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.

The Fanny D. Carela Legacy Book Scholarship and the Gabby Oberti Hermana Professional Development Scholarship will provide support towards recipients’ economic self-sufficiency and aid in removing barriers towards that advancement. The Fanny D. Carela Legacy Book Scholarship exemplifies the love and devotion Fanny had for her family. Fanny was a caring, loyal, compassionate woman who embodied Hermandad (sisterhood) and nurtured others with her warm smile making any situation better. This scholarship will award $1,000 annually to the child of an Hermana who has been accepted to, or is currently enrolled in, a higher education institution. To further support Fanny’s legacy, the first two grants will be awarded to Layla, class of 2016, the daughter of Fanny and Juan Garcia, an Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated (ΛΥΛ); and their son Ariel, class of 2018.

“Our family is honored and moved with [the Sorority’s]  establishment of this award in honor of our beloved Fanny.  She was an avid reader and would have been especially touched that the award in her memory would be for books.  Our family continues to feel the love, support and incredible example that La Hermandad has played in our lives.  All these years later that network of support that is the Hermandad continues to be a source of strength and nurturing for our family which even in the darkest times has been uplifted by this organization,” said Esther M. Carela, the biological sister of Fanny and sorority member. “As an Hermana myself, I am humbled at the beauty of our organization and the purpose which motivates and continues to drive our efforts in our community. In providing these scholarships we honor not only our dearly departed Hermanas but also our founders and our collective commitment to better the lives of those we touch.”

The Gabby Oberti Hermana Professional Development Scholarship will encourage and support Hermanas in the pursuit of advanced degrees or professional licensure. Lambda Pi Chi Sorority offers members a lifetime network of Hermanas dedicated to themselves and each other, and recognizes that dedication involves continual professional development of members. Gabby was a determined and vivacious woman who was devoted to her family and Hermanas. She was full of creativity and was always there to help and lead with her bright spirit and loving nature. This award honors the ambition and zest of Hermana Gabby Oberti by awarding $1,000 annually to an Hermana who embodies this same drive towards professional development and a commitment to the Sorority.

“We, the Oberti family, are so incredibly thankful for Lambda Pi Chi and all they have done and continue to do in memory of Gabby. Dedication, determination and devotion are three of the strongest words we would use to describe Gabby and the way she lived her life. We hope that this scholarship would be that extra bit of encouragement to the Hermana who is pushing her way through, just like Gabby did,” stated Stephanie Oberti, sister of Gabby Oberti.

These two additional Proyecto H.A.C.E.R scholarships will be funded through individual contributions and all applications will be reviewed through the Sorority’s Scholarship Committee. To learn more about these Hermanas, scholarships, and/or to make a donation visit  




About Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. (LPC)

The first Latina focused sorority founded at an Ivy-league institution, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., was established on April 16,1988 at Cornell University. Comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional women, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., seeks to unify women

through the promotion of community service programs that highlight the contributions of women and people of color with an emphasis on the Latina and offer opportunities for academic and professional advancement to members of historically underrepresented groups.

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