Pupusas for Education
Our scholarship is exclusively for undocumented high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to a two or four year university, or accredited associates or certification program. Our scholarship is open to undocumented students of any background, ethnicity, race, etc.
We currently offer two (2) one-thousand dollar scholarships ($1,000) to undocumented high school seniors. This scholarship can be renewed every year following, eligibility requirements are met.
Our ultimate goal of providing scholarhsips stems from our passion for pupusas and our experience as immigrants in the United States. Our search for better futures and "The American Dream" led us to the United States from El Salvador, and from California to North Carolina.
Our founders have been greatly impacted by affordable higher education; in particular the Covenant Scholars program at UNC and the Morehead-Cain scholarship. An affordable education can change any students' life and because of the blessings we have received we believe in paying it forward: in pupusas and scholarships!
The application period has closed for Fall 2017. Applications for high school seniors graduating in 2018 will open in January, 2018. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated!
Meet Our Scholars
We are proud to support undocumented students in North Carolina!
2016 Scholar, Sophomore at Guilford College
2017 Scholar, First Year at UNC Chapel Hill
2017 Scholar, First Year at Wake Forest Community College
Negocio Con Proposito
In addition to selling our delicious pupusas, we hope to provide a mechanism for local culinary entrepreneurs to sell their food, too.
Business for Good
The purpose of the “So Good Pupusas” is to provide delicious and authentic Salvadorian cuisine with a side of community empowerment and social change. In addition to selling our delicious pupusas, we hope to provide a mechanism for local culinary entrepreneurs to sell their food, too. Many Latinos in the Triangle make and sell food out of their vehicles, without the means to start a food truck or brick and mortar restaurant of their own. We hope to follow in their immigrant entrepreneurial spirit and create mechanism for community members to sell their food and make a living by buying and selling their food through our food truck. We also will make our second food truck available to local restaurants for lease. That way brick and mortar restaurants have a food truck when they need it to work mobile events. Profit earned from this partnership will benefit Pupusas for Education.
Contact us below if you have questions or want to get involved, and look out for our crowdfunding campaign coming soon!
But first, what is a pupusa?
From the homes and streets of El Salvador, pupusas are thick handmade tortillas, traditionally filled with meat, cheese, and beans, served with a side of curtido (pickled cabbage and carrots), and tomato salsa. Pupusas are a meal for any time of day or occasion. For our founders, they symbolize their family and home. The best pupusas are made with a lot of love!
CHICHARON (PORK AND CHEESE): flavorful pork cooked down with veggies and paired with cheese for the perfect combination
QUESO (CHEESE): classic melty, crispy cheese
FRIJOLES (BLACK BEANS): refried black beans straight from mama's kitchen
AYOTE (ZUCCHINI): also known as ayotillo, pipian, or calabaza, zucchini pupusas are a delicious vegetarian option
HORCHATA: a traditional Latin American refreshment, this drink can vary by country. Salvadoran horchata is made from the "morro" seed and has a grainy texture.
Born in Los Angeles, California to Salvadoran immigrant parents, raised in Durham, NC along with her three older sisters, Cecilia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholars and a Global Gap Year Fellow through the Campus Y. She started So Good Pupusas with her family while she was in undergrad in 2015 and the non-profit Pupusas for Education in 2016. She majored in Global Studies with a minor in Geography, received a Business Essentials certificate from Kenan Flagler, and is currently working on a certificate in Non-Profit Management from UNC. She believes business can be a force for good and that pupusas can change the world.
Favorite Pupusa: Chicharon con queso, extra crisp
Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez
A practicing attorney in Criminal Defense and Immigration Law, Yesenia was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States at the age of 3. She received her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latino/a Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2008.
She is also a long-standing community leader, advocate for social change, learning, and all things positive as well as mentoring "younger" people.
Favorite pupusa: Cheese pupusas with with crispy bits of cheese on the outside!
A mother of three and superwoman all around, Sandra owns her own Tax and Accounting Business, Taxes Plus + located in Durham and Burlington. She is optimistic, positive, and full of energy as she encourages and supports the pupusa truck business, as well as serving on the Board for Pupusas for Education. She is also one of our pupusa makers!
Favorite pupusa: Beans and cheese!
A mother of two, Ana is also a mother figure for her younger sisters. She has worked as an Insurance Agent for the past 17 years and now owns A+ Insurance in Durham. She provides financial support and advice for the business and loves helping her little sisters succeed.
Favorite pupusas: Zucchini pupusas!
A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a degree in Public Policy with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. She has worked alongside various nonprofits in communications, development, and direct programs capacities over the last three years in North Carolina. As a Colombian-American, first-generation college student, and coming from a low-income family, Tiffany has experienced and noticed how our state and national policies do not promote the general welfare and justice for all people. Tiffany firmly believes in the work of So Good Pupusas and Pupusas 4 Education and their ability to make powerful change for undocumented students in our state. An activist and dedicated community member, Tiffany will do whatever it takes to ensure that historically marginalized voices are heard throughout our state.
Favorite pupusa: Bean and oh so cheesy!!
Raymundo Garcia Jr. is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Public Policy with a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Social, Economic, Justice. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer for So Good Pupusas. While at UNC, Raymundo has developed a breadth of knowledge and experience in community engagement, organization development, and financial management. He has established himself as a student leader, serving as the Co-President of the Carolina Hispanic Association, Co-Director of Outreach for the Campus Y, member of the Executive Branch of Student Government, along with other campus leadership roles. Raymundo’s embodiment of activism can also be seen in his passion for social innovation and state level politics. Raymundo is also a standing advisory board member of the Justice in Action Committee to the Town Council of Chapel Hill/Carrboro.
Favorite Pupusa: Revuelta
Harold Landerer is a Junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is majoring in Business Administration at Kenan-Flagler with a minor in Public Policy. As a first-generation immigrant and college student, he recognizes the importance of using business as a tool to give back to his family and community. At Carolina,while serving as Co-Director of Alumni for the Carolina Hispanic Association, Vice President of Corporate Relations for the Minority Business Student Alliance, and holding other leadership roles he has worked and advocated for advancing the opportunities of all students, especially those coming from underserved backgrounds. He strives to embody the importance of business as an instrument for social change through his work with So Good Pupusas.
Favorite Pupusas: Chicharon con queso, papa!
Jessica Mencia is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Public Policy with a double minor in Latina/o Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She serves as the Nonprofit Management Intern with So Good Pupusas. As a proud Honduran American, Jessica is an advocate for the rights of the Latinx community, especially Latinx and undocumented youth. At UNC, Jessica serves as the Co-Chair for Students United for Immigrant Equality, a committee of the Campus Y. Additionally, Jessica also serves as the Admissions Coordinator for N.C. Scholars Latinx Initiative and as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Jessica is also interested in the intersection of immigration and domestic violence policy and has worked with groups such as the Compass Center for Women and Families and North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
When not studying policy or working within the community, Jessica can be found reading Harry Potter or watching her favorite show, Jane the Virgin.
Favorite Pupusa: Bean and Cheese!
Contact us! We cater!
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. We're an early stage venture and would love your opinion. Catering inquiries can also be submitted below. Gracias :D