Maria is a recent graduate of Staples High School. She will be studying acting at college. She describes it as her “one true passion…her source of joy, hope and understanding.” Maria has taken acting classes in New York City during high school and would love to work in the theater professionally. She proudly described the commercial for Crate and Barrel she acted in. Maria and her friend began a high school club which focused on fashion trends that are changing or should be changing. She designed clothes and also organized a clothing drive at her school. Maria reflected, “I would like to contribute to raising awareness and playing an active role on issues related to gender equality, gun control, racism and universal education.” This is Maria’s first Susan Fund Scholarship.