Stephanie was chosen from the community of TELACU Education Foundation scholars. She is presently a senior at Azusa Pacific University majoring in Social Work with a minor in Spanish. While maintaining 3.46 GPA, Stephanie actively involves herself in APU Campus tasks and activities: Resident Advisor, Chapel Monitor, Alpha Leader, Board Member and LEAD Member, Latin American Student Association (LASA) and is a Middle School Mentor, Cougar Pal. Other experiences includes Daycare Assistant, Patricia’s Daycare and Volunteer at Homeless Connect.

 

As the daughter of Mexican immigrates, she faced many challenges. The most difficult occurred when she entered public school and didn’t understand the language.  This made learning extremely difficult. She did not receive the help she needed from the teachers. Not until one teacher showed her the power to believe in herself and that teacher truly took the time to understand her needs as an ESL (English as a Second Language) student.

 

 ”In the fall of 2019, I will begin my senior year at Azusa Pacific University. Thanks to the consistent support of my parents and the help that I have received on my journey, I have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams. Looking back at my experiences from elementary school to where I am today, I can proudly say that I have been empowered and continue to be driven to reach my goal to support the people in my community. I dream of serving my community by becoming a social worker to help disadvantaged individuals with mental and physical disabilities.”