Elizabeth Cortez Santander

February 3rd, 2010 ·
  • 2009 Marion Marshall High Hopes Scholarship recipient
  • Humboldt State University

Growing up in a single parent, low income household is not easy. From the time my parents divorce, I had to step in and take on heavy responsibilities in order to help my mom with the extra load. So, at the age of nine I became accustomed to much more responsibility than most nine year old children have. My father was gone, so I assume the role of a second caretaker for my two younger brothers, who were one and six at the time. However, I have learned to sculpt painful experiences into something to learn from, and it has made me a stronger person.

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“I have been a witness to her strong determination, passion and potential for academic success. She is an exceptional, thoughtful and truly special young woman…Elizabeth’s maturity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds sets her apart from her peers.”

Teacher, Berkeley High School