Leslie Gonzalez

August 2nd, 2012 · No Comments
  • 2012 Union Bank/BCF High Hopes Scholarship recipient
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
Seeing my dad work so hard and still not having enough to pay for bills made me realize I had to work and start helping the family financially. After all my parents have done, I know I can never give up on my dreams or myself. By working hard and accomplishing my goals, I hope I can show them all their hard work was worth it. Going to college will help me succeed in life, being a minority and a woman without an education I know I will not go far in life. I need to keep educating myself so that I can better my community and the people whom I respect. I would like to study law and make a difference in my society. I want to help stop police brutality and help put a stop to discrimination. I want to become the support that many teens gang members do not have at home and encourage them to be the best they can be. Nevertheless, to show my parents that I am very grateful to have them as my parents, and that their support means the world to me.    
“She is not only resilient, she is simply unflappable, and the kind of student and person who will enliven and enrich her college and community.” Teacher, Berkeley High School
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