My name is Mariajose and I am an incoming college freshman at Loyola Marymount University so I can strive to be a leader and so I will challenge adversity by going to college. Leadership is an essential aspect and throughout Juan Diego Catholic High School, I embraced my Mexican American culture and enjoyed taking the opportunities to be actively involved in service, clubs, and extra curricular activities that helped develop my skills. Giving kids the foundations of a good education is my goal.
My parents left Mexico and came to the United States in search for a better life. I respect my dad who taught me to overcome barriers. Being a first-generation college student worried me. As a high school senior, applying for college was a challenge because my parents had never gone through that process in the US. Part of being a leader requires overcoming obstacles and adversity. I hope to finish my education so that I can strengthen my leadership skills and serve my community.I hope to use my education so I can become an elementary school teacher. I want to play an important role in the intellectual and social development of young minds that are full of curiosity and have the imagination to succeed in anything they do, such as overcoming adversity.
I am part of the First To Go Scholars Program at LMU and my goal is to challenge the stereotype that first-generation college students enter the university academically unprepared and ill-equipped to meet the demands of higher education. This is why adversity is necessary; it is there to challenge us to stay true to ourselves. I will challenge adversity by going to college. I hope I can continue my education so that other hardworking students persevere and do the same.
I would be honored to receive this scholarship because this scholarship gives me hope that I will be able to continue my education. I thank you for the opportunity and time to read my essay and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to apply and make my dad proud.