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Scholar of the Month

Jesus Vega - September 2015 Scholar of the Month

Jesus Vega
2014 CHCI-Ford Blue Oval Scholar
: Northville, Michigan
School: Michigan State University
Major: Economics

Jesus Guerreros Vega-Arzola was born in a small village in Durango, a mostly rural state in the northern region of Mexico. Jesus experienced some complications at birth that could have been easily resolved at a well-equipped hospital. However, the hospital in Durango was severely under-resourced, and Jesus nearly died as an infant. Within six months, Jesus and his mother attempted to immigrate to the United States, with disastrous results.  During the chaotic border crossing, Jesus and his mother nearly drowned, and half of the group was arrested. It would take nearly five years before he and his mother would successfully make it to the U.S. After a few years of legal processing, Jesus and his immediate family gained legal American residency.

In addition to being grateful to his mother, Jesus also admires his step-father Misael. Misael came to the U.S. as a young Colombian immigrant and started his own successful business in Detroit that has since gained regional prestige. Misael’s positive impact on Jesus’ life has been immeasurable. Seventeen was a truly tumultuous age for Jesus, full of highs and lows: he became an American citizen, and realized that divorce would be inevitable for his now ex-stepfather. These life experiences have instilled within him many values and goals.

Jesus is currently a senior at Michigan State University double majoring in international relations and economics. During his college years, Jesus has participated in alternative spring breaks to Mexico, during which he worked at a home for the elderly and a day care center for impoverished children. These excursions had a profoundly positive impact on Jesus and led to a great deal of self-realization. Following his undergraduate career, Jesus hopes to work in policy and attend the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) to pursue a master’s degree in economics. Ultimately, Jesus hopes to become a regional director for the United Nations Population Fund in Latin America.

Jesus is thankful for being selected as a 2014 CHCI Scholar and for his recent summer experience as part of the 2015 Congressional Internship Program (CIP).  As a CIP Intern, Jesus was placed with Michigan Representative Sander Levin. This opportunity gave Jesus the chance to get hands-on experience with the workings of the federal government and participate in the D.C. political arena. To showcase his experience, Jesus created a video documentary as he went through this transformational experience that connected him with other young ambitious and like-minded Latinos, empowering him through knowledge and a new network. As a CHCI pipeline scholar, Jesus is truly grateful for the ongoing support. He now feels ready for better and bigger achievements.

Past Scholar of the Month

Mariam G. Lopez - August 2015 Scholar of the Month
Daniela Carbajal - July 2015 Scholar of the Month
Beverly Apodaca - May 2015 Scholar of the Month
Edwin Hurtado - April 2015 Scholar of the Month
David Rodriguez - March 2015 Scholar of the Month
Jennifer Villalobos - February 2015 Scholar of the Month
Maria Garibay Campos - January 2015 Scholar of the Month
Samantha Perez - December 2014 Scholar of the Month
Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month
Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
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Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
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Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
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Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
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Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
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Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010