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“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.”
- Maya Angelou

Phi Chapter Hermanos’ service, professional and academic accomplishments are only possible due to the sacrifice and support from important individuals in our lives.  An Hermano’s success is the legacy that these individuals leave long after they may no longer be around.  


Phi Chapter’s Legacy scholarships strive to provide financial support to the next generation of terrapins. 


In the Fall 2022, Hermano Juan M. Sempertegui (Fall 1995, #3) established book scholarships in honor of his late mother Maria M. Sempertegui. Hermano Steven Ventura (Fall 1996, #3) donated an additional book scholarship in honor of Mrs. Sempertegui as well.


Maria M. Sempertegui was born on December 5, 1951, in Cochabamba, Bolivia and was the youngest of nine siblings. She completed Cosmetology school in Bolivia and opened a hair salon before becoming the first person in her entire family to migrate to the Unites States in 1979. Eventually, more than 100 family members followed her to the United States. For more than 24 years, she worked as a Bus Aide with Maryland's Montgomery Public School System. Mrs. Sempertegui was also licensed by the State of Maryland as a Senior Cosmetologist and was the proud owner of Maria's Hair Salon, LLC in Langley Park, MD. She was honored to become a U.S. Citizen in 1995. Mrs. Sempertegui passed away on September 20, 2016. She was married to Jorge for more than 35 years.  Mrs. Sempertegui and her husband had three children (Juan, Steven and Andrea) and she is the grandmother to four granddaughters, three of whom are also named Maria. 

Criteria for $500 Scholarships

- First generation college student

-  Involvement and commitment to Latino/a/x community

- Enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, Montgomery Community College or Prince George’s Community College for the Fall 2023 semester

- Current recipient of school-based financial aid 

- Submission of a 500 word statement explaining financial need

After application deadline, the scholarship selection committee will identify finalists that will be interviewed.  Scholarship winners will be selected after the interview.  

The 2024 scholarship application will be available in July of 2024.  For questions, please contact Hermano Juan Sempertegui at

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