Sandria T.
Vernon

Accomplishments

  • Since high school, she graduated college magna cum laude and with membership in Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon honor societies. She holds a Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOPP) Outstanding Student Award and was on Dean's and President's List throughout college. During college, she completed two research projects which were presented at university symposiums. Sandria was vice-president of Chemistry Club and held a position on the TRiO Student Advisory Board.
  • in 2013, Sandria graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry.

Personal History

  • Sandria is the first in her family to go to college. She graduated high school with 4.0 GPA and became a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Future plans and support

  • Sandria is currently attending Saint Louis University School of Medicine where she is an MD/MPH in Urban/Underserved Populations degree candidate.
  • She needs funding to buy medical equipment including stethoscope and small devices as well as financial help to pay for preparation and testing materials for board exams.
  • Sandria would like mentoring from someone in a primary care field such as family or internal medicine as she is interested in these fields.

Tania Lopez

Accomplishments

  • Since graduating from high school, Tania has worked towards an associate's degree in foreign languages and art. She speaks five languages and continues to teach herself more. Her cumulative GPA in college is a 3.7 and she was invited to join the CCD Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Personal History

  • Tania is first in her family to attend college. Her parents viewed college as important but didn't have the funds to go. Attending college is very important to Tania, and she doesn't want a lack of money stop her. Tania was one of the top 10 students of her high school class.

Future plans and support

  • Tania plans to complete her associates degree and continue in a bachelor's program. She has been saving money to try and pay for school. She plans to transfer to a program where she can complete a Bachelors in Linguistics.
  • Paying for college has been a big challenge. Now that ASSET has passed, Tania needs approximately $5,000 to complete her degree.
  • Tania would appreciate a mentor who works in linguistics, translation, graphic design or a related field. She would appreciate mentoring from someone who can help her transfer to a four-year program and learn about careers in foreign languages, linguistics and art, her passions.

Qua
Nguyen

Accomplishments

  • Since graduating from high school, Qua attended Colorado College on full tuition scholarship from the Gates Foundation and Greenhouse Scholars. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Chemistry.

Personal History

  • Qua is the first generation in her family to graduate from high school and college. She was the valedictorian of her high school class.

Future plans and support

  • Qua is currently working for Greenhouse Scholars and is pursuing graduate school in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology.
  • She would appreciate financial assistance with tuition for graduate school and student fees.
  • Qua is interested in pursuing a career in public health and epidemiology. She would like a mentor with experience in the field who can give advice about navigating graduate school and help her to network and explore career options.

Delia Teresa
Balderrama

Accomplishments

  • Since graduating from high school, Delia has pursued a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado with endorsements in English as a Second Language and Spanish. She is currently doing her student teaching in Denver and plans to graduate in May 2014.

Personal History

  • Delia is a first generation college student. She graduated with honors from her high school.

Future Plans and Support

  • Delia will complete her teaching degree in May 2014 and hopes to become an elementary school teacher in the Denver Public Schools. With her interdisciplinary degree and multiple endorsements, she can teach English Language Learners and Spanish.
  • She has already taught in 2nd and 4th grade classrooms. She knows that having enough teaching materials can be a challenge, and would appreciate financial support in purchasing supplies to help supplement materials in her new classroom.
  • Delia would also like mentoring from someone who is an elementary teacher with expertise in teaching Spanish and English Language Learners. She knows that planning lessons and navigating standards can be a challenge, so a teacher who is willing to share his or her experience would be a great mentor.

Denise
Escobedo

Accomplishments

  • Since graduating from high school, Denise has been enrolled in college and taking courses to prepare her for nursing school. She has also been working as a bilingual coordinator with Denver's SAFE CITY program.

Personal History

  • Denise is a first generation college student. She was a strong student in high school.

Future Plans and Support

  • Denise plans to apply to transfer to a four-year nursing school in Colorado so that she can complete a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • Denise would appreciate financial support to help with the cost of tuition in nursing school.
  • She would also like mentoring from someone who is positive and will encourage her to succeed in life.

Karina
Munoz

Accomplishments

  • Since high school graduation, Karina has been going to school at Metro State University studying criminal justice and Spanish. She has also been staying busy working, playing soccer and spending time with friends and family.

Personal History

  • Karina is a first generation college student. She graduated high school with honors and awards from all of her extracurricular activities and a 3.8 grade point average

Future Plans and Support

  • Karina is I am looking into applying to an internship with COVA, a criminal justice program that offers positions in the victimology field. This program would lead Karina into a career working in a victims' assistance center.
  • Financial assistance with the costs of college attendance would help Karina move a lot faster towards her goals so that she can enroll full time in school.
  • Karina would appreciate a mentor who could help her navigate the remainder of her college education and provide guidance about a career in criminal justice.

Patricia
Chavez

Accomplishments

  • Since graduating from high school, Patricia graduated from Community College of Aurora with an Associates Degree of Science. She is now married and became a legal resident of the United States. Sheis now enrolled at Metropolitan State University in Denver and pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Biology.

Personal History

  • Patricia was the first in her family to graduate from high school and to go to college. She was a strong math and science student in high school.

Future plans and support

  • Patricia hopes to finish her Bachelor's Degree in the next two years and then pursue a career in medicine.
  • She could use financial help paying for textbooks. She is learning just how expensive they can be: costing around $300 per semester to rent, or upwards of $600 to purchase for each class.
  • She would also appreciate someone to mentor her about choosing classes, knowing about financial aid, and navigating programs in medicine. She would like advice from someone who has completed their undergraduate degree in Biology and can help her be prepared for medical school.

Ruby
Lopez

Accomplishments

  • Ruby was recognized as a Gates Millennial Scholar and Greenhouse Scholar. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Denver with a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature and Spanish.
  • She is currently working on a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Denver. She plans to complete her degree in August 2014.

Personal History

  • Ruby is a first generation college student. She graduated at the top her her high school class with a 4.5 grade point average.

Future Plans and Support

  • Ruby plans to be a secondary Spanish teacher in the Denver Public Schools beginning in August 2014.
  • She is currently student teaching in the Denver Public School district and knows that she will need to purchase curriculum materials for her Spanish classes. Financial support to help her enrich her Spanish classes will be greatly appreciated.
  • Ruby would appreciate mentoring from a teacher who is currently working as a Spanish teacher and give her support in writing curriculum and building units in Secondary Spanish.