Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Community Impact Scholarship Program (CISP)

Community Impact Scholarship Program (CISP) 2016-2017


This is the first year that Casa Circulo Cultural offered the Community Impact Scholarship Program (CISP).

The deadline for scholarship applications was Monday, January 9, 2017

The purpose of this scholarship is to help inspire and encourage High School seniors wanting to continue and complete a higher education, while promoting community service with high impact programs in our communities.

There is no gender restriction.  The top scholarship award is up to $10,000; all other finalists will receive up to a $5,000 scholarship. Applicants must either live or attend High school in San Mateo County; be university-bound with excellent academic credentials; and submitted a service project proposal and two letters of recommendation. All applicants were both paper screened and were invited to a “shark tank” project proposal interview. 

On January 25th, 2017 a jury composed of community leaders (Cristina Corpus- San Mateo County Sheriffs Office, Olivia Aranda- Atkinson Board Member, Misla Barco- Professor East Palo Alto Academy, Luis Garcia- Teacher, Connie Guerrero- Community Consultant, and Irma Lopez, Business Professional) selected five finalists to compete for the most impactful community service project that addresses community need.

The 2016-2017 CISP Finalists are:
  • Holly Chen - Carlmont HS, Project focus: Children Autism
  • Lauren Hayat - San Mateo HS, Project focus: Leadership Program for kids
  • Nikos Maheras-Occhipinti - San Mateo HS, Project focus: ELD Peer Tutoring
  • Elton Torres - Sequoia HS, Project focus: Youth At Risk
  • Christabel Soria Mendoza - Woodside HS
The four finalists have had 12 weeks to execute and implement their proposed community service projects in/around their community. The deadline to complete the project is April 18th, 2017. The finalists will present their projects to a second jury composed of community leaders on April 19th, 2017, and select the first prize winner, as well as second, third and fourth place.

Please help us in congratulating the four finalists for this year’s Community Impact Scholarship Program 2016-2017! We wish them good luck in this last week to the finish line!

For more information on CISP please visit: 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE for next years' scholarship program? 


Invest in the future of our children and our community!

How much is a lifetime of open doors worth?  What does it cost to build this country’s next generation of leaders? It costs a lot!

Donations of any amount help, small donations add up!

Also, LIKE us on FACEBOOK! and stay up to date with the CISP 2016-2017 Winners, next years' scholarship program, applications, deadlines, and more! 

Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's

Have you attended one of our "Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's" yet? 

Casa Circulo Cultural has had the pleasure to bring our local artists to perform at Angelica's in Redwood City, CA. 

We've had a Tributo a José José, as well as Un Canto a Latinoamérica con Elizabeth Panchano, both of which were SOLD OUT shows!


Join us for our next "Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's":

Tributo a José Alfredo Jimenez
Friday, May 5 from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
863 Main St, Redwood City, California 94063

Buy your tickets now before they sell out! To purchase your tickets please go to:

Noches de Casa Circulo at Angelica's

Join us Friday, 5 de Mayo to celebrate!!! as we are hosting a tribute to the one and Only Jose Alfredo Jimenez. This tribute is being performed by Artemisa Flores, Alfredo Gomez, and Rafael Turincio. 

The main goal of this presentation is to honor and tribute the memory of the “Poet of the People” (El Poeta del Pueblo), who is probably the most iconic composer of folkloric “Ranchero” music in México. José Alfredo Jiménez-Sandoval was a Mexican singer-songwriter of rancheras, whose songs are considered an integral part of Mexico’s musical heritage.