Jennifer Gonzalez Arredondo
Jennifer Gonzalez and her family migrated to the US from Mexico over 15 years ago. She is a proud chicana. Jennifer is the first person in her family to attend college and her goal in life is to make her parents proud as she is grateful for all of their sacrifices. Finally, Jennifer wishes to take part in roles that help foster a more accepting society in order to reduce unwanted prejudice and ignorance.
Contrell Armor was born and raised into a Puerto Rican family that originates from New York and Puerto Rico. They now reside in Harrisburg, PA. Contrell graduated high school last June and is currently a freshman at Liberty University. He is majoring in Business Administration and eventually wants to become an entrepreneur. He ultimately is working to continue to show how successful Latinos can be.
Lisette Caraballo is a part time nursing student at Harrisburg Area Community College at the York Campus. She will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 2018. Since returning to school to continue her education in 2014, Lisette has maintained high grades and has been appointed to the Dean’s List every year. After completion of her Associate’s degree, Lisette plans to earn her Bachelor’s degree at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA. Her long-term goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner at a local hospital. Lisette is honored to receive this scholarship and to represent her Puerto Rican heritage, as both a wife and a mother who is continuing her education. She is looking forward to her future endeavors as a student and in serving her community as a Registered Nurse.
Lucero Ramirez Martinez
Lucero Ramirez Martinez lives in Gettysburg and currently attends Harrisburg Area Community College as a sophomore/junior. Next fall, she will be transferring to Shippensburg University to finish her bachelor’s degree on criminal justice. She is part of the PTK honor society and also part of the Dean’s list. Her hobbies are gym and kick boxing.
Liam Quirin is a 2016 graduate of Hershey High School and currently an undergraduate student studying civil engineering at Penn State Harrisburg. Born in Harrisburg, his Latino roots from Puerto Rico remain strong and are shared with his mother and grandmother. He is thankful to have them teach him many traditions and language, and to give back and honor his culture. Liam is interested in civil and environmental engineering because he wants to make sure that he gives back to his community and surrounding areas by working in the revitalization and rebuilding of infrastructure where he lives and works. Also, he feels a sense of responsibility towards humanity and a sense of satisfaction that he is contributing to the future generations as well. He wants to give his time and talent to his community, and he believes that this field of study provides him with the great opportunity and honor to contribute to the community.
Marquila Herrera is a third year Honor's student at Temple University, where she studies Marketing. She will be the first in her family to graduate from a university, and will graduate with a Bachelor's degree a semester earlier than expected. She is planning to enter the business world in the arts, combining her detail-oriented thought process with her creative inclinations. In her free time, Marquila improves her sewing, writing and photography skills. The required 8 hours of volunteer service with EUP will be served at the 2016 GALA. Her Latino heritage is from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. http://marquilaherrera.pressfolios.com/
Bianca Jasmine Martinez, also known as Bay, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Three years ago, she received an opportunity to change her future, and she took it. She came to the U.S. with her grandparents to start a new life. To accomplish that she had to make the biggest decision of her life, leaving her dad and brother behind. Being alone made her stronger and more independent, even more than when she was living in Mexico. Where she is from there has always been violence, corruption, drug problems, and deaths. Attending school was not easy either, she remembers her dad having to work every day to pay for her education. He works at a gas station, and he has always been her inspiration. It has always been her dad and her. This is why leaving her family back in Mexico was so hard. She returned to Reading in 2013. She graduated from Reading Senior High School and is currently attending Alvernia University. Her plans are to gain a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. She has been preparing for this life-changing decision for a long time, and now she can see how her hard work it's paying off. She was offered scholarships from five of the schools to which she applied. She also was awarded the Horatio Alger Association Scholarship which is a national scholarship. She wants her family to be proud of her accomplishments. She believes that no matter where she goes, she will always keep growing as a person and a dreamer.