The Journey To College

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When my oldest Maddie graduated from high school a few years ago, she also graduated from community college as well. Her high school offered a dual degree program. When she graduated from college, she was the first grandchild of my in-laws to graduate.

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You see my husband is a native of Mexico, and unlike here in the United States in some parts of Mexico if they want to attend school after junior high/middle school they have to pay for it. When our girls were born, my husband decided that he wanted them to take all the advantages that are offered to them here.

maddie graduation

Being the first Mexican Americans born into the family, they embrace not only the culture of America but also the culture of Mexico. Sometimes it is hard to explain to people that they are Hispanic because for the most part they don’t look it. Yes, they have some Hispanic features, like the long dark hair and eye colors. However, their skin color is really light. It is only when people see their dad that they realize that they are Hispanic.

Their dad only has a 6th-grade education, but that has not held him back from pursuing his dreams. He has such a mechanical way of thinking, you just show him a picture of something, and he can figure it out.

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When Maddie graduated from high school and with her Associate in Arts in the same year, you could see how proud he was. Not just only of her but of how far he has come. And I know that he will feel that way again when she graduates this December with her dual degrees in Psychology and Communications just another step on her journey to becoming a doctor.

Now her sister Mikaela is following the same path. She is also working on her high school diploma as well as a degree in mechanical engineering on her way to becoming in her words the best architect the world has ever seen.

But as you can imagine with two in college it can get pretty expensive. That is why I am so glad that there are incredible opportunities for them to get help paying for college. I am so excited that Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. has now become a partner with The Hispanic Scholarship Fund. It is so important to those of us in the Latino communities to have fantastic support like this for our children. Who knew that a man who came here at the age of 16 with only a 6-grade education could have two daughters who are not only getting two-year degrees but are also working on degrees in their chosen career fields. Finally given those in the Latino community hope for the future. It is amazing when you think about it, isn’t it?

Make sure to check out The Hispanic Scholarship Fund  (#HSFstories) and if you are eligible to apply, apply. Because a journey begins with the first step.

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  1. That is great. My step-son is a college freshman this year and thank god for some of the scholarships he got 🙂 They really helped.

  2. I love that they have formed this partnership. Kudos to them congratulations to your daughter.

  3. I actually am dreading the whole college time! I know the cost is going to be extreme for all my kiddos but I’m also just not even ready to discuss it lol! This is great that this is helping!

  4. Congratulations to your daughter & I am sure you are going to be so excited about her successful journey. My younger brother too is in to college & The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is something I will have to check if it will work for him.

  5. How wonderful! Its always a huge thing going from high school to college and then working through it. Congrats!

  6. Wow what huge accomplishments! Congrats to your daughter! I need to look into dual programs for my oldest son.

  7. What a fantastic story! Raul has a lot to be proud of in his daughters and himself. This is an inspiring story. How great that Johnson & Johnson has jumped on board with the scholarship fund. You are one lucky lady, Melissa…beautiful family. Thanks for being a host and sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

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  8. I love this post! How inspiring for others and for your family. Very exciting time and to pair this with a scholarship, even better!! Thanks for sharing #HomeMattersParty

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