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Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month

Brian Ibarra
CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern
El Paso, TX
B.S., Biology
University of El Paso, El Paso

My name is Brian Ibarra and I am a student at The University of Texas at El Paso. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry, with a focus on Pre-Medical studies. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, which is known for having a binational culture as it holds strong bonds with Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. I graduated from an Early College High School which prepared me in every aspect for the path I am now taking. Being part of this competitive program gave me insight on how the Hispanic culture is striving to reach higher standards and raising a generation of successful leaders.

During high school I held memberships to various organizations; however, there were certain that submerged me into acknowledging the needs of the young Hispanic community in my city. I was a member of the Robotics club in which I was able to give presentations to elementary level children. Witnessing how young children have hungry minds motivated me to do something to empower their dreams to achieve a successful future. Being part of Future Business Leaders of America in my local chapter provided me the awareness on how we desperately need the voice of Hispanics in leadership.

Due to the fact that I am a Pre-Medical student, I manage to volunteer at the children’s hospital and university medical center. Volunteering at these institutions has helped me understand that our heritage is becoming more present professionally in places were other ethnicities dominated the career fields. Alongside volunteering for medical institutions, I was granted an internship with my brother’s doctor who is a Pediatric Neurologist. The doctor himself is from Hispanic heritage and has inspired me to become a Pediatric Neurologist myself. My brother suffers from a rare type of Epilepsy consequently from an undertreated flu. From this internship I learned that this profession is in high demand in my community being that this illness is high in numbers both in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, however, children who suffer from this illness lack the medical resources a child from El Paso would have.

From these experiences I have built my goals professionally and personally. One of them being to achieve a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry, thus entering medical school. Despite the long years I will be preparing myself to become a Pediatric Neurologist, I am certain that I will not regret them as will be rewarded by knowing that I am contributing to my community, my people, my Hispanic heritage. Even though I have struggled to become the person I am now and the place I stand, I am confident that accomplishing my dreams and goals to empower Hispanic young people won’t be part of those hardships.

Over the years I have grown a passion for people in need, especially the ones that carry the same heritage as I do. With the help of this scholarship I will be able to carry on my dreams of researching and helping children who suffer from neurological disorders. There are no more words to define the honor and gratitude I feel of being a 2012 CHCI Scholar. With the help of organizations like CHCI, Hispanics and Latinos will pursue their dreams with eagerness and expose their great achievements and goals.

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
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
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