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Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013

Alexis Nava Teodoro
Santa Ana, CA
B.A., Economics & Chicano Studies
California State University, Long Beach

Receiving a college degree is considered an equalizer and the way for families to rise on the economic ladder. My experience has taught me something unique and beautiful about the way education plants its seed inside of people. It taught me that I can and want to transform my community to create a safe and productive environment
where even high school dropouts and children of undocumented families can overcome obstacles that are placed upon them. My field of study is education and I plan to obtain a PhD. However, my career goal is to become the first
Latino from an undocumented family, to be the secretary of education for the U.S.

This scholarship will help me achieve my goals of graduating with my Bachelor degree from California State University Long Beach, but to also help me pay for my preparation for graduate school. I plan to apply to the Harvard School of
Education and if I am accepted, I will be between the two students from the city of Santa Ana that have graduated with a Harvard degree. In addition, the money I will receive will aid me personally to pay with my living expenses and textbooks I need to purchase for my next summer and fall semesters.

Once I receive my PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in education, immigration, and critical pedagogy, I will propose changes in the way the youth of my city are currently being taught. I believe that schools should create a supportive
space for youth in immigrant families where the students feel part of the learning process. I also want to create an art non-profit in Santa Ana, California where after-school programs focus on fostering the creativity of
young students. By using theater of the oppressed, poetry, music, creative writing, social media, painting, and community organizing, my organization will play a role in fostering leadership, culture, and higher education awareness in our Latino youth.

Past 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
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