Yexalen Barrera

2020 Recipient

Major: Chemistry - Pre-Med Track

I’m personally really grateful for this scholarship, because it allows for me to continue my education and show that being a first-generation latina college student is possible.

What motivates me is my passion for learning and the idea that I can make a change. More importantly my family is a big source of my motivation. I will never be able to fully thank my mom and sister for the sacrifices they have made for me. They both taught me the value of hard work and persistence when things in life get difficult. They taught me to be proud of my cultura. I want to demonstrate education is possible as a first generation Latina college student. Go beyond the set biases and expectations.