2020 - TEXAS (DALLAS REGION)
Maria Lopez is a senior at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas, Texas. Maria is the founder of the Student Voter Empowerment Coalition (SVEC) in Dallas. The Student Voter Empowerment Coalition is a student-led nonprofit with the goal of increasing voter awareness and participation among students and their families through voter education, motivation, empowerment, and civic engagement to promote equity for all. She led the efforts to build the structure and name of the organization through partnerships and events such as student-led local and state forums and scholarship opportunities. SVEC has promoted voter education and resources throughout the Dallas Independent School District. Once she graduates, Maria will assign another student to take her role to maintain the organization's work and will continue to push for voter representation at the polls throughout college.