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Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month

Mayra Estrada
CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar

Vale, Oregon
B.S., Chemistry
Boise State University

Through CHCI’s partnership with the United Health Foundation, Mayra Estrada, a 2013 CHCI-UHF Scholar Intern, has been given the opportunity to participate in CHCI’s Summer Congressional Internship Program. She is currently interning with the office of Sen. Ron Wyden. Mayra recently completed her UHF internship with Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (A.L.P.H.A.), a community organization that provides education, public awareness, testing, and providing supportive services to infected and affected individuals.

I was born in Ontario, Oregon on August 10, 1992. I am the eldest of four children. I have three younger brothers. My parents moved here from Ixtapan de la sal, Mexico. I lived in Phoenix, Arizona until l was eight years old and then we moved to Vale, a small town in Oregon, and lived there until my high school graduation.

Even though I was born in the United States of America I started learning English until I was eight years old. Before that, all I knew was Spanish, so at first it was a struggle to make friends and accustom to the cultural difference. I noticed that all the other kids in my classes were more advanced than me, which made me feel ignorant and ultimately this feeling tested my character.

Was I going to let it get to me and throw in the towel or was I going to accept the challenge and try even harder than all the rest of the students? I chose the latter one. Soon I was known as one of the smartest students in class. I strived to do my best and people recognized my hard work. I’m the first one in my family to graduate from high school with honors and will be the first one to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. One of my biggest challenges that I have overcome is the lack of my father’s support; this personal obstacle pushes me to continue with my education.

My mother has type 1 diabetes and seeing her struggle with it is what has aspired me to be a doctor. I will go to medical school and one day be able to help Hispanics all around the world. I want to join Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and be committed to their mission of bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. I want to go to places like Colombia, Honduras, Japan, Pakistan, etc. to help the poor. I want to embrace their culture; I want to give back to the community. My leadership skills and knowledge have truly grown and I’m looking forward to all the future lessons that await me.

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