Scholarships for Outstanding Students in Argentina

by Atrapasuenos

So much to share! I promise it is worth the read!

  • Goodbyes
  • New Leadership
  • Six Graduates in 2016!
  • Reconnecting – 2016 year-end gathering
  • Out in the World – updates from our alumni




 With heavy hearts in 2016 we said goodbye to two Atrapasueños leaders: in February Graciela “Cheli” Asís de Lombardi, executive director of VISIONAR Scholarships and beloved mentor, lost a brave battle with cancer, and in July we lost the founder of Atrapasueños, Ms. Evelina Feraudo. Evelina was at the forefront of San Francisco’s political and civic life for decades and her passing left a void in the community. Evelina and Cheli opened the doors of Atrapasueños when VISIONAR was only an idea, they embraced it and they worked tirelessly to make it into the successful program that it is today. They are deeply missed and remembered with much gratitude. 

New leadership

To continue with Evelina’s and Cheli’s legacy, Atrapasueños Board of Directors appointed Ms. Ana María Aimasso as its new President, directly in charge of VISIONAR Scholarships.

Ana María brings experience in and passion for education, just like Cheli and Evelina before her. Ana María is an assertive leader, a true mentor, an advisor, and a friend to our VISIONAR students. Under her initiative, the community service requirement is now organized in partnership with a residence for underprivileged kids where our VISIONAR students volunteer their time. Ana María always has the time to listen and advise our VISIONAR students when they are facing challenges, be it academic or personal, and she is always present to celebrate their accomplishments. Ana María attends thesis defenses and graduation ceremonies, and it is not unusual for her to wait outside exam rooms during finals to show her support to our scholars. We could not ask for a better and more dedicated leader!

Six graduates!

 Now onto our biggest pride: in 2016 six VISIONAR students graduated thanks to your support! That is the highest number of VISIONAR graduations in any given year since its inception. 

  • Darío graduated with honors from Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES). He received a degree in international business. Darío has gotten valuable work experience as a marketing manager at Vulcano, a local industrial equipment manufacturer, since 2015. Now he has set higher goals for himself: for 2017, he enrolled in a higher degree program in International Relations/Political Science at Universidad Nacional de Rosario. This is a huge step for Darío because it involves moving out of his hometown of San Francisco, and leaving family and friends to continue growing in his field. We wish him continued success!
  • Matías also graduated from the international business program at UCES with top grades and is already employed at Tebsa, an import-export consulting firm in San Francisco. Matías says he is grateful for a great job, great team, and the opportunity to keep learning how to develop an export strategy and how to implement it. In addition, when his busy schedule permits, Matías dedicates time to his other passion as a volunteer firefighter. We are thankful to Matías for his invaluable contribution to the San Francisco community.
  • Maximiliano graduated with honors and a chemical engineering degree from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN). The exciting news is that Maxi has just been accepted as a doctoral candidate by the prestigious CONICET institute to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics. For Maxi, this will also entail moving to Santa Fe city. An important new chapter for Maxi in starts in the New Year and we wish him the best!
  • Mariana made her dream come true by becoming a Physical Education teacher. When you see or speak with Mariana, it is loud and clear that her passion is in PhyEd and teaching kids of all ages and abilities. Her face lights up when she tells you how fulfilling her work is! Not only has she trained to teach in elementary and secondary school, but she has also gained experience in sports for kids with disabilities.
  • Karen and Micaela recently graduated among the top in their class at FASTA with a degree in Psychopedagogy. After summer break, both Karen and Micaela will be looking for jobs in local schools; they already have strong recommendations from their teachers and mentors. We will provide more updates as we hear from them in a few months.



Last December, I spent a few days in San Francisco, Argentina and had the chance to reconnect with VISIONAR students as well as Atrapasueños staff. We gathered for a traditional “choripaneada” (delicious grilled sausage between two halves of perfectly baked bread). It was a pleasant gathering where we recounted our blessings and toasted to more goals and dreams for the year ahead. As you saw in the update above, we had a lot to celebrate!


Out in the world

 Where are our VISIONAR alumni now? Just as it is exciting to see our VISIONAR students flourish, it is heart warming to know that those already “out in the world” continue to grow professionally and personally. Today we are featuring one of our alumni, and you will hear from the others in the coming months.

 Emiliano was our first VISIONAR student in 2007 and today is an accomplished software engineer at Globant ( in Cordoba City. Among other responsibilities, Emi was recently assigned the Disney account! He is creating apps for park guests that are visually impaired. An exciting professional path, international exposure, and the opportunity to contribute to society in a very meaningful way! So proud of you, Emi!!

 Please consider supporting one VISIONAR student through their school year, which represents USD $1,525 in today’s exchange rates. This amount helps pay for university fees, school supplies, books and transportation. As always, any amount is deeply appreciated and welcome.


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 Thank you for your support!





My name is Micaela and I am in my senior year of college at FASTA Institute (Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino - in San Francisco, Argentina. My major is Psychopedagogy.

One evening in the beginning of the school year, I received a phone call by none other than the college director, Prof. Raquel Vercesi, to inform me that I had the highest grade point average of my class. As recognition, I have been representing my graduating class and bearing the Argentine flag in all official ceremonies this year. It was a beautiful moment when I received the news, because I felt that all my hard work and efforts were being noticed. In addition, I received the Manuel Belgrano certificate awarded to all outstanding students in the city of San Francisco by our mayor, Dr. Ignacio Garcia Aresca.

Besides giving you this update, I would like to take this opportunity to give infinite thanks to all donors and volunteers that work hard so that young people like me can make our dreams come true. I also want to thank VISIONAR scholarships and Asociacion Atrapasuenos for promoting community volunteering as part of the scholarship requirements. Thanks to this program, my fellow VISIONAR students and I can give back to the community some of the mentorship and care that we have been fortunate to receive. This experience truly fills my soul and gives more meaning to all our efforts.

To anyone reading this report, please consider supporting us with a donation for the 2017 school year. Your precious help will allow the program to continue so we can make a real difference in the lives of our community. Thank you!


 Please consider supporting one VISIONAR student through their school year, which represents USD $1,525 in today’s exchange rates. This amount helps pay for university fees, school supplies, books and transportation. As always, any amount is deeply appreciated and welcome.

You may make your donation at:

Thank you for your support!



VISIONAR students Veronica (majoring in Electromechanical engineering) and Jesica (Electrical engineering) were invited to give a talk to children attending school in one of the marginal areas of San Francisco with high poverty and crime rates. The goal was for these young ladies to share their experience as college students and as VISIONAR scholars so that children could see it is possible to transcend their difficult environment and seek a better future by getting an education. At the same time, it was an important opportunity for Jesica and Veronica to challenge gender stereotypes, given that their careers are usually chosen by men, and to show what can be achieved with focus and determination.

 The event took place in San Francisco’s local library. Jesica and Veronica explained what they were studying in simple terms that children could understand and by providing examples. Jesica shared that she loved “to see their astounded faces and hear the questions they had for us”.

 One of the key messages Veronica and Jesica insisted on is that education is not only “for the rich”, and that there are ways to finance school, from merit-based scholarships like VISIONAR, to financial aid from the local government or the university.

 By telling their personal stories, Veronica and Jesica inspired little ones to dream big and work hard for their dreams.


Please consider supporting one VISIONAR student through their school year, which represents USD $1,525 in today’s exchange rates. This amount helps pay for university fees, school supplies, books and transportation. As always, any amount is deeply appreciated and welcome.

You may make your donation at:

Thank you for your support!



Maximiliano has been with VISIONAR Scholarships since 2010, when he started the Chemical Engineering program at the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional in San Francisco, Argentina . Maxi is an easy-going, friendly, thoughtful young man and, in his own words, a “perfectionist” when it comes to his schoolwork; he is truly passionate about science and it shows; he is a straight-A student with a bright future ahead of him.

In this update you will see excerpts of Maxi’s monthly reports he sends to his VISIONAR mentor, Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, and to VISIONAR coordinators, to keep us informed of his progress. Every monthly report, for the last 5+ years, is a pleasure to read. I am only sharing short snippets, accompanied by my editorial comment to add context and give you a glimpse of how extraordinary this young man is.

December 2015

“Last Monday I took the final exam for Operational Units (one of the last courses before I graduate), and I got a 10!” (“A” in US grading).

“Next year, I would like to get a job and save enough money to help me move to Santa Fe city and start the Doctorate in Physics.”

Given his stellar performance through college and the recommendation of his professors, Maxi has already has been accepted into a PhD program at CONICET, a prestigious scientific institute located in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina . In addition, CONICET already offered Maxi a scholarship to finance his PhD program. 





February 17, 2016

Dear friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news on the passing of our beloved Atrapasueños leader, and VISIONAR pioneer, Graciela “Cheli” Asís de Lombardi.

Back in 2007, I traveled to my hometown of San Francisco, Argentina, with a dream, that was to help outstanding students get a college education and reach their professional and personal goals. Miss Evelina Feraudo, founder of Atrapasueños, kindly opened the doors of her organization to implement the scholarship program that we named VISIONAR. From that moment, Cheli and I worked hand in hand to make it happen: we went to local high schools, spoke with principals, visited the local extension of the National University, and presented the program to community leaders at Rotary Club and Lions Club. We reviewed students applications, went to applicants’ homes, met with their families, and listened to their stories. After careful consideration, Cheli and I recommended to award the first scholarship to Emiliano, a gentle and studious boy from a modest background that was our “guinea pig” but quickly became our success story, and today is an IT engineer. Other 22 students came after Emi and are a testament to Cheli’s legacy.

Cheli was more than a scholarship manager; she was devoted to the VISIONAR cause. She was there to listen and guide our students, any time of day or night. It was in her house that we would get together with the students and other Atrapasueños members for refreshments and pastries during my annual visits to Argentina, sharing our stories, reveling in the camaraderie. Cheli cared deeply about each of the students, and they felt her love. Some would say to me that Cheli was their “second Mom”.

After a hard and courageous battle with cancer, Cheli is now our angel watching over us all. In her memory, may we all continue to strive to reach our dreams and goals, and may we continue to help others like she helped us.

We love you and we will miss you, Cheli!

Gabriela, the Atrapasueños team, VISIONAR students, VISIONAR friends and donors


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Location: San Francisco, Cordoba - Argentina
Project Leader:
Gabriela Mondino
Scholarship Founder and Manager
Cambridge, MA United States

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