LEAP Foundation DC Announces One of Three Scholarship Recipients: Aristides Boanerge Escobar

By: LEAP Foundation DC
Aristides Escobar (left) who hopes to become a doctor is a 2019 LEAP Scholar.
Aristides Escobar (left) who hopes to become a doctor is a 2019 LEAP Scholar.
WASHINGTON - April 24, 2019 - PRLog -- LEAP Foundation DC has announced one of three scholarship recipients who was honored at an annual dinner Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Held at the Embassy of El Salvador, 1400 16thSt. Northwest, Washington, D.C., the nonprofit organization is committed to providing educational opportunities for those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities. LEAP has collaborated on numerous occasions with Dr. Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno, Ambassador of El Salvador to the United States, who shares a desire to create a pathway of education for those who may be underserved or go unrecognized.

First-generation college student Aristides Boanerge Escobar is a junior at New York University College of Arts & Science, New York City. Of Salvadoran descent, Escobar hasn't just excelled academically while on the pre-health track, his impact in research in the Ari Barzilai Lab in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Claude Desplan Lab in New York City, has been recognized by many. A biology major, Escobar, who hopes to one day become a doctor, has been recognized by the university, the College of Arts & Science Biology department and by the many organizations of which he is a part, including the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, which is committed to guiding principles of philanthropy, deity and education through fellowship, service, mentoring and formal training in leadership, science and ethics.

"We cannot say enough about the incredible successes that Aristides has already experienced at such a young age," said Dr. Clayton Lawrence, president and CEO of LEAP Foundation DC. "The path to becoming a doctor is not without its challenges, but this is a young man who has not only overturned each obstacle, but has excelled academically in the process. As an organization that is dedicated to mentoring today's youth, we also would like to commend Aristides for his involvement in programs like the university's Big Brother/Big Sister, which provides supportive relationships to undergraduate students."

Escobar is well-versed in providing a voice for others. Through his role as a facilitator in the university's Academic Achievement Program, "Rap Session," students are able to discuss critical topics, such as identity, social justice and relationships in a safe and proactive manner, and his time as a summer fellow at Woodhull Medical Hospital, Brooklyn, allowed him to connect low-income families to basic health resources and public benefits.

Escobar is on track to graduate in June of 2020 from New York University. LEAP is pleased to award him with a $1,000 scholarship grant to assist in his educational endeavors.

"We look forward to seeing where Aristides' pathway leads," Dr. Lawrence said. "We know that he will continue to have an impact on the world around him, wherever that may be. We hope our scholarship will provide additional support in this final year of current studies for Aristides and we look forward to celebrating future successes with this bright and talented young man."


Driven by a mentality of servant leadership, Lawrence Executive Alliance of Professionals (LEAP), LLC, has been providing superior quality healthcare for active duty, veteran and civilian patients since 2007. Dr. Clayton Lawrence, a decorated and respected veteran of the United States Army, saw the need for a company that would operate with a new philosophy to bring forth excellence in the healthcare industry. Staffing medical facilities across the country with physicians, health educators, medical examiners and more, LEAP has been recognized with several awards of excellence and is certified by the Small Business Administration. Winning the Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award for 2014 was just the beginning of much-deserved recognition for positive changes in the District of Columbia and across the nation. Dr. Lawrence and LEAP, LLC, were selected as the 2015 Washington, D.C., Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Person of the Year. In 2016, Dr. Lawrence was honored when he was entered into The Congressional Record for his work in business and civic leadership throughout the greater Washington, D.C., region and abroad. Later that year, he received a White House Letter of Commendation from President Barack Obama for his work with LEAP, LLC.  LEAP, LLC's nonprofit partner organization, LEAP Foundation DC, has been building bridges between hope and achievement in the District of Columbia and the surrounding communities since 2009. The group works to address the unmet social and health needs of the area's people and, among other accolades, was recognized in 2014 with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Award. For more information, visit https://www.leap4staffing.com or https://www.leapfoundationdc.org.

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