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Maria Elena Rios Educational Fund:
HPRSD Queen's Scholarship

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Maria Elena Rios Educational Fund


Maribel and Jasmine Flores, in alliance with The House of Puerto Rico, San Diego (HPRSD), are currently sponsoring an educational/vocational scholarship of $250.00. This monetary scholarship is being offered to the current reigning HPRSD Queen, if eligible. With this award, we hope to recognize the achievement earned in being a queen, encourage personal growth, and inspire higher learning.

NOTE: Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis per queen.

Judy, Doña Maia Elena & JazzyEligibility Requirements

  • Selection as current HPRSD Queen.
  • Successfully complete obligation as the HPRSD Queen.
  • Must be a High School graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Written proof of current enrollment in vocational training or enrollment in college.  
  • One page essay on what she has learned during her reign that will inspire personal growth in her future.
  • Personal interview with Maribel and Jasmine Flores.



In January 2009, Maribel and Jasmine established the Maria Elena Rios Education Fund as a tribute in memorializing their grandmother. Doña Maria Elena Rios always instilled in her family a strong sense to pursue higher education and help others to achieve their educational goals.  Maribel and Jasmine are proud to pass their grandmother’s legacy to deserving HPRSD Queens demonstrating a passion for education.

Maria Elena RiosAbout Maria Elena Rios

Maria Elena Telledo was born August 20,1926 in Lares, Puerto Rico.  She was joined in matrimony to Rafael Rios, from Lares, Puerto Rico.  Together, they relocated to Chicago, Illinois and raised their family with love, integrity, and respect. Doña Elena, as she was affectionately called, enjoyed cooking, gardening, and designing/sewing clothing apparel.  One of her greatest joys was designing and making the traditional costume folk blouse and skirt for the Junior Queen that represented Puerto Rico at an international event in Chicago.  That queen was her granddaughter, Maribel Flores. Doña Elena was also a religious and devout Catholic. She entered the gates of heaven on February 8, 2008 at the age of 81. In her home and by her side were her husband and children. She is survived by her husband, Rafael; Daughter, Nereida Colon; Daughter, Elizabeth Rios; Daughter, Norma Romanowski;, Son; Rafael Rios, Jr; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  As a result of Doña Elena’s family influence, two granddaughters are proud to be named after her, including Jasmine “Elena” Flores.



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