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Scholar of the Month

David Rodriguez - March 2015 Scholar of the Month

David Rodriguez
CHCI 2014 Scholar

Hometown: Farmington, New Mexico
School: University of New Mexico
Major: B.S., Business

David Rodriguez graduated from Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, New Mexico. While attending Piedra Vista, he was on the academic honor roll all 4 years, keeping a 4.0 GPA.  He graduated in the top of his class, served as a member of the Honor Society, and participated in the soccer and basketball team, winning first in his district for defense during his senior soccer season.

Thanks to his efforts, David was awarded a great opportunity to be part of a scholarship.  David is the oldest of five children and his parents work hard so that all of them receive the priceless gift of a college program called UmattR. This program selects prominent high school leaders to serve as role models to younger kids while at the same time developing their skills to become future community leaders. While at UmattR, David and his peers planned various projects, this including going to schools and talking to children about making healthy choices free of drugs, alcohol and gangs. He is proud to have helped raise awareness and serve as an example to youth to embark on a successful future.

David is the oldest of five children and his parents work hard so that all of them receive the priceless gift of a college education. However, this is a huge financial burden to his family. David had to do everything in his power to help lift some of the financial burden off of his parents. He did so by working, and by applying to every scholarship he could.  David is proud to share that he was awarded The Catholic School Boy of the Year scholarship award by his local chapter of The Knights of Columbus. He received this award because of his involvement and volunteering with his community. He is happy to say that in spite of difficulties, he has been able to push through it with the support of programs like CHCI and with the unwavering support of his family.

David is currently a freshman attending the University of New Mexico. He is making great use of his CHCI scholarship which not only provides him with the resources to help pay for college but also motivates him fulfill his goal of graduating from UNM.  He aspires to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business management. His long term goal is to graduate from the UNM Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. David would like to once again express his gratitude to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. CHCI has provided him with the opportunity to fulfill his goals and become a successful man. Thank you CHCI!


Past 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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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


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