President, Utah Valley University
We were very fortunate and honored that Dr. Astrid Tuminez, President of Utah Valley University, accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at our 2020 fundraising dinner. Like our children, Dr. Tuminez grew up in a very poor community in the Philippines but managed to rise out of poverty through the help of sponsors who gave her a hand up.
View Dr. Astrid Tuminez’s dynamic speech about giving hope to impoverished children by providing them with the power of education. Dr. Tuminez was born in a small island village in Iloilo province in the Philippines. Though raised in extreme poverty as the sixth of seven children, she received a scholarship at the age of five to attend a private school run by Catholic nuns. With unshakeable resolve and unwavering support from her loved ones, she has overcome seemingly insurmountable adversities and, to this day, continues to excel in every field she decides to tackle.
Founder Amelia S. Hernandez dedicated her life to helping children in her native Philippines. A high school teacher at her retirement in 1995, Amelia understood that education is the key to lifting children and their families out of poverty.