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Selimar is a fifth grader at St. Matthew who dreams of becoming a Broadway star. She’s involved in her school’s choir and drama club.


Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: What I like to do for fun is sing, dance, act, draw and play with my little brother.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school? Why?
A: My favorite subject in school is Religion because I like learning about Jesus and all the interesting miracles he has done.

Q: Who is your role model? Why?
A: My role model is my dad because he encourages me to learn more and keep trying, to never give up even though sometimes it might be hard to do some things. To keep working hard to achieve what I want in life.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?
A: When I grow up I want to be a singer because singing is my passion and favorite thing to do. I would also like to write my own songs.

Q: What are you looking forward to this school year?
A: This school year I am looking forward to raise my math grade which I struggle in sometimes, but I will keep trying. I’m also looking forward to the Children School Choir and Drama Club. 

Marisel, Selimar’s mother

Q: What are your hopes for your child?
A: As a parent there are so many hopes for our children.  My hope for my princess is health, as with health the rest will slowly come. I hope for her happiness to always keep her beautiful smile. I hope she always feel proud of who she is and know her worth. I hope for love but most importantly self love. I hope she has happy memories of her childhood. I hope all her dreams come true!

Q: What makes your child’s school a good fit for him/her?
A: St. Matthew is a Catholic School. Besides providing a great education it teaches faith, love and fear of God. St. Matthew has different extracurricular activities, and Selimar is a member of the Children’s School Choir & Drama Club. Selimar has been part of the Mayfair Parade, BobKelly Show, PHL17 morning show and more! These have help her in gaining self confidence, self love, discipline, to believe in herself, to overcome obstacles, socialize, to believe in God and more.

Q: Why do you think it’s important for your child to attend a tuition-based school? Are there any changes you’ve noticed?
A: Selimar was a victim of bullying in kindergarten, and that is when I decide to transfer her to a tuition-based school. It is important for her to feel safe, feel proud of who she is, and to receive a better education.

Q: What were your thoughts when you were notified that you had won the CSFP scholarship lottery?
A: I couldn’t thank God enough for answering my prayers. Only God knows our struggles and how difficult it is as a family to be able to afford a better education and environment for my daughter.

Q: In what ways does this scholarship impact your family?
A: This scholarship impacted my family in many ways. It is an economic relief. It helps my children to receive the best education there can be. It impacts our faith to God.

Q: What would you tell others who are looking to apply for a scholarship?
A: To go ahead and apply for the scholarship! It is a great help economically, but most importantly, it’s a way to access great education for your child’s bright future! CSFP also provides different activities for the family all year with discounts to museums, camps, reading club and more.