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Five Hialeah residents get Tundidor Scholarships for Pace High

Msgr. Edward Pace High alumni and donors Jesus Tundidor, far left, and James Tundidor Jr., far right, pose with Tundidor Family Scholarship recipients Christian Del Pino, Brian Jones, Oprah Martinez, Naomi Castaneda and Abby Garcia, Nov. 1, 2022.

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Msgr. Edward Pace High alumni and donors Jesus Tundidor, far left, and James Tundidor Jr., far right, pose with Tundidor Family Scholarship recipients Christian Del Pino, Brian Jones, Oprah Martinez, Naomi Castaneda and Abby Garcia, Nov. 1, 2022.

MIAMI GARDENS | Msgr. Edward Pace High alumni brothers James Tundidor Jr., class of 2008, and Jesus Tundidor, class of 2009, presented five Spartan students with the first Tundidor Family Scholarship, which will assist the families with tuition fees.

The Spartans selected as the recipients were: Abby Garcia, Christian J. Del Pino, Oprah Martinez, Naomi Cary Castaneda and Brian Jones.

The Tundidor cholarship was created to help promote a Catholic education in the Hialeah community. Hialeah Councilman Jesus Tundidor geared the scholarship toward families that reside in the city of Hialeah and have students enrolled in Pace.

Over 50 students applied and submitted their essays. The essay topic asked the students to reflect on how the community has shaped them as a person and what being a resident of Hialeah meant for them, among other requirements.

Jesus and James Tundidor were active Spartans during their four years of high school, involved in many clubs, sports and honor societies. The brothers were part of the group that founded the Pace Salsa Club, which currently has over 40 members.

As the brothers presented the first ever Tundidor Scholarship, they stressed the importance of paying it forward, reminisced on their education and the impact the Pace community had on their lives, and urged today's Spartans to make this world a better place through their service.

The winners’ families had the opportunity to meet the donors and share their stories in person during the private ceremony.

The Pace family is blessed to have alumni like Jesus and James Tundidor who are active leaders of their communities and prioritize action in the education sector.