Keana Mitchel from San Bernardino Valley College
"So far, my college experience has been a great one. I have met many people and learned many new things. The Making Hope Happen Foundation has been a huge part of the start of my success. I plan to continue to succeed in everything that I do despite the obstacles that I may meet. College has showed me that you can do anything you want as long as you put your mind to it. I appreciate and thank the Making Hope Happen Foundation for all the great help!"
Andy Nguyen from UCLA
"The biggest lesson that I’ve learned through my transition to UCLA has been to not be afraid to reach out for help. The professors here will not hold your hand and reach out to you. It is totally up to me to go seek out the help I need and take advantage of various programs that will benefit me. Also, the quarter system is no joke. I learned to never fall behind in work and studying. I didn’t expect to love UCLA so much. I’ve made so many amazing friends here and experienced so much in just one quarter. UCLA was difficult, but I loved every second of it. Being at UCLA has taught me responsibility, perseverance and leadership skills. I am finally taking classes that interest me and I’ve learned so much in my classes. I actually can’t wait to go back to school next quarter."
Kassandra Castro from UC Irvine
"Being a first generation college student and coming from a low income household, I knew that financial assistance was a necessity if I wanted to pursue a higher education. Being a recipient of the Heroes for Hope Scholarship is something that has made my college experience easier since it has helped me reduce financial concerns and allows me to put more time and focus on my academics. I have not stressed about loans and my family has not felt a financial burden by having me attend university. Having the opportunity to fulfill my academic goals in UC Irvine was something I could only dream of before, but now this dream is a reality and it has been in part thanks to the Making Hope Happen Foundation."
Cassandra Carillo from UC Riverside
"My college experience has been great so far as I have learned a lot about myself. I have met a lot of people with the same interests as me and I have actually made friends with many who also want to become a teacher. I knew college was going to be different, but it is nice to actually be experiencing it myself."
Millie Hernandez from UC Berkeley
"I love college. I love learning about new people and backgrounds but it’s hard to relate because Hispanics are barely 12% of the campus. Transitioning was tough but I continue to push myself to do better so I can return home soon and help my community there! I am interning with Raices, which is a program focused on Latinx communities and a lot of community engagement."
Pamela Cardenas from UC Santa Barbara
"My name is Pamela Cardenas I’m currently attending UCSB. College has been an amazing experience and I am extremely thankful that the scholarship I received has allowed me to live these experiences. I am grateful for the help you have all provided me with. Thank you! "
Angelica Avilez from San Bernardino Valley College
"What I look forward to on my new educational journey is experiencing the college curriculum. I also look forward to achieving many things I didn’t think I could achieve before. Lastly, I’m looking forward to seeing how drastically my life is going to change with my career."
Tania Lima from CSU San Bernardino
"Being in college has taught me a lot about myself. I strive to graduate in 5 years with my credentials but overall I would like to meet new people, challenge myself and of course learn new things about myself."
Fabiola Gomez from UC Riverside
"The transition from high school to college has been one of the toughest things I have ever been through. It’s sad to say that I was not 100% prepared for college. But with the help of my mom and friends, I’ve managed to finish my first quarter strong. Although college may be difficult right now, I know that in the end, it’ll all be worth it."
Benjamin Montelongo from San Bernardino Valley College
"I am Benjamin Montelongo, a student at San Bernardino Valley College. In my short time at Valley College I have been able to work towards and/or accomplish a number of projects which have been able to assist the larger community. I currently am maintaining a 4.0 GPA and with the Making Hope Happen Foundation’s help I feel like I can continue to thrive!"
Zohal Hafizi from San Bernardino Valley College
"So far college is not what I have expected, but I'm getting used to it. The scholarship really helped me with my academic experience. The fact that my mentor also really tries to help me with her advice makes me feel comfortable with new challenges and experiences. I appreciate everything you guys did for me. Thank you so much!"