LEAP Foundation DC Announces Three Scholarship Recipients at the Embassy of El Salvador

By: LEAP Foundation DC
Ambassador Canjura & Dr. Lawrence are surrounded by LEAP Foundation DC scholars.
Ambassador Canjura & Dr. Lawrence are surrounded by LEAP Foundation DC scholars.
WASHINGTON - April 24, 2019 - PRLog -- It is with great pleasure that LEAP Foundation DC announces the names of three scholarship recipients who were 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.

Daniel Urbano-Campusano

Washington native Daniel Urbano-Campusano is the son of Dominican-born parents. An eighth-grade student at Friends Community School, College Park, Md., Urbano-Campusano faced challenges early on his educational pathway, but after working hard, he is now celebrating academic successes. Urbano-Campusano is a gifted musician, enjoying the drums, guitar, trumpet and several percussion instruments, while currently learning to play piano. He is able to share his talent through church music group Alabanza. When he isn't behind an instrument, Urbano-Campusano enjoys practicing gymnastics, swimming, baseball and football. Currently completing his last year of junior high, Urbano-Campusano will attend DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, Md., in the fall. LEAP is pleased to award him with a $500 scholarship grant to assist in his educational endeavors.

"Daniel is an incredibly talented young man and he epitomizes the term 'well-rounded,'" said Dr. Clayton Lawrence, president and CEO of LEAP Foundation DC. "It is important for today's youth to develop a sense of confidence. When they are provided with opportunities to spread their wings and discover what makes them who they are, they have nowhere to go but up. We are positive that we will continue to watch Daniel excel in his educational pursuits and we hope our scholarship allows him to continue embracing opportunities as they are presented."

Drai C. Faulk

Drai C. Faulk, a student athlete and aspiring actor, is destined for the stage, already appearing in the renowned Blacks in Wax and in performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Historic Hay-Adams Hotel and the White House. A graduating senior, Faulk is an International Baccalaureate (IB) scholar of National Collegiate Preparatory Academy and also serves as a technical theater management intern at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). This dual athlete is a member of the National Collegiate Prep football team and has an active page on the Next College Athlete website. As an 11-year member of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC), Faulk has even shared a court with Venus and Serena Williams and appeared on Comcast SportsNet. He is a returning tennis coach assistant under the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. Faulk recently was accepted at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Fla., where he believes he will experience a balance of theater arts and technical theater management studies. LEAP is pleased to award Faulk with a $1,000 scholarship grant to assist in his educational endeavors.

"We are very pleased to award a scholarship to Drai Faulk in support of his advancement to college," Dr. Lawrence said. "We know that Drai will continue to succeed academically and we're confident he will meet both short- and long-term goals and then some."

Aristides Boanerge Escobar

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. 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. Congratulations to all three of these youth scholars – we wish you all the best in what is to come."


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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