WAWS Spotlight: Zaphire Alonso Duarte

 An image of Jessica Fryman, Teen Services Program Manager, standing with Zaphire at the Words Alive Westreich Scholarship Ceremony.

An image of Jessica Fryman, Teen Services Program Manager, standing with Zaphire at the Words Alive Westreich Scholarship Ceremony.

Zaphire is in her fourth year of being a Words Alive Westreich Scholarship recipient. She graduated from San Diego City College in May with her associate’s degree, and she started at San Diego State University this fall. Zaphire is a Resident Supervisor on a residential program from the YMCA.

She would love to work and help families that are dealing with problems in their life, and help them seek a better future for themselves.

The Words Alive Westreich Scholarship Program awards scholarships to participants in the Words Alive Adolescent Book Group to support them in their pursuit of higher education at the college or vocational level. Unlike other scholarship programs, which typically fund only tuition, books and educational supplies, each recipient is eligible to receive funds to cover the cost of rent, food, childcare, clothing, travel and other living expenses. Additionally, the program matches each recipient with a mentor. Student and mentor meet regularly throughout the school year, and the mentors provide guidance, direction, and often, a shoulder to lean on.

Let’s hear more from Zaphire!

Name: Zaphire M. Alonso Duarte

Age: 22

College: San Diego State University

Area of Study: Social Work

High School: Monarch School

Mentor: Tammy Greenwood

 An image of Zaphire with her mentor Tammy Greenwood at Zaphire’s graduation from San Diego City College.

An image of Zaphire with her mentor Tammy Greenwood at Zaphire’s graduation from San Diego City College.

How did you first get involved with Words Alive?

I started being involved at Words Alive during high school, since I was in the 11th grade. I learned about a lot of different books, and that opened me to read more books. After high school in 2014, Words Alive has been my support system.

How has your experience with Words Alive affected you?

It has helped me more than financially. The Words Alive program has been my support system personally and academically. I am extremely thankful for all the people who are part of the staff, they are the best in always being on top of things.

What have you accomplished this year that you are most proud of?

I have graduated from San Diego City College after 4 years and will be transferring to San Diego State University.

Tell us about your favorite college memory.

My favorite college memory was being able to have great moments with my classmates. For example, take time out of class and go out to the beach or to the movies.

Learn more about our Words Alive Westreich Scholarship program here!