- 2012 Berkeley Community Fund High Hopes Scholarship recipient
- San Francisco State University
Living my childhood in Mexico and growing up as a teenager in the U.S. has made me the person I am today. The experiences and obstacles I have faced made me determined to pursue my dreams of being the first one in my family to graduate from college and make them proud. I know I will face a lot of challenges but I know they will not be as difficult as seeing your own family doubt you. I will keep working hard, not to prove anyone wrong but to prove to myself I'm able to do anything I set my mind to as well as to show the American Dream is possible to fulfill with perseverance and determination. With the education I hope to obtain, I plan to be a future economist who will better my community by giving financial advice to families who have never had access to such resources. What I hope everyone remembers about me is that I have never given up on my goals, no matter how great the challenges.
“Juan is able to collaborate with all types of people towards his goals and is committed to producing the highest quality of work based on intrinsic motivation. Juan leads through his actions and example in the classroom, where he is extremely well liked and respected by his peers.”
Teacher, Berkeley High School