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Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month

Adrian Rosas
2012 CHCI-Oracle Scholar
Arbuckle, CA
American River College
A.A., Civil Engineering

As the son of immigrant farm workers, I too have worked the fields, and during my summer breaks I continue to help my father work in the fields. I have managed to apply that hard work ethic to my educational life. I am not a student that started college straight out of high school. Life had to throw some curve balls at me, so that I could open my eyes and see things how they are truly made to be. After high school, I had no hope of pursuing a higher education because nobody that I was involved with thought of that being an option. I never envisioned young Latino males having any kind of role rather than performing hard labor, or anything that required critical thinking. I have since proved that those lies are dead! As I become involved in more intense courses, it seems to me that I am not the smartest student in the classroom, but because I have the ability to practice the principle of perseverance I manage to perform better than my classmates. School life continues to put obstacles in front of me, yet I do not allow those obstacles to dictate my future. I know that I have the ability to pursue an engineering degree, so that is what I have set my career goals on. I am going to be a Civil Engineer because infrastructures and skyscrapers are my passion.

I also have a strong passion to helping disenfranchised Latino youth better themselves. I have recently started a school club called H.O.P.E. which stands for “helping our people excel.” The fellow founding members of the club have also nominated me as their official club president. I am very much grateful for the opportunity that I have of pursuing a higher education because my parents sacrificed a lot so that I can have the life that I have now. Every day I do my best to show that gratitude, I do it in the form of getting A’s and B’s in my exams. I do it for them, and more importantly for myself. I participated in the Puente program at American River College, and for our final we had to give a speech. Family, friends and faculty were all present. I will never forget the look in my Mother’s face, words cannot express it! I would love to see sons and daughters whose parents are also immigrant farm workers express that same gratitude. Unfortunately because of the community that I grew up in, there are very few if any positive Latino role models. I have taken it upon myself to do my part, and inject them with the hope that says if he can do it then so can I!  I want to give back to my community because I am a product of it. If I want to see my community prosper, there has to be someone to lead them towards that direction.

Past 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