Maria Tapia

Maria knows too well the indignity of societal indifference and is determined to shelter others from the challenges she faced in the foster system.

References from Maria’s work with foster youth highlight the value of her experience and insights which allow her to act as a credible “voice of reason and wisdom.” That perspective drove Maria’s fundraising to equip Fresno foster youth with new duffel bags for their belongings, so they never have to use a trash bag while moving like she did.

Currently a student at College of San Mateo and Canada College, Maria hopes to attend UCSF and become a Nurse to continue to share her compassionate and caring nature with those who need it most.

Sponsor: David Stefancic of Cushman & Wakefield/In Memory of Carolyn Livengood