When I received a notification email that I got the scholarship I was really happy. I was already feeling the impacts from COVID-19 and receiving very little hours, so this scholarship really gave me hope to continue my education without having to apply for a loan.
My family motivates me to do more than what I am comfortable with, which has helped me gain confidence even during difficult times. I am grateful for the support my siblings have provided for me to continue achieving above and beyond. I am passionate about scientific research regarding water quality as well as looking for ways to achieve environmental justice in marginalized communities, including our community in Salt Lake City. When I combine research and social studies, I can start identifying strengths and capabilities rather than problems our community has and use them to make our community healthier and happier.