Ana Cordera Vilchis

Ana Cordera Vilchis
Ana Cordera Vilchis

It’s great to hear from you and the foundation. So much has happened since the night I received my scholarship and met you and the other committee members.

I’m currently a sophomore at Northwestern University, majoring in journalism, minoring in sociology and doing an Integrated Marketing Certificate. I couldn’t be happier here. I love my university and more specifically, Medill (the journalism school). I’ve met some extraordinary people from all over the world, with very different interests that are really, really cool. I’ve also gotten the chance to network, attend career development events and learn so many things I never thought I’d explore.

A huge part of the good times I’ve spent here stems from the scholarship the foundation gave me for my first year here. Not having to worry so much about the financial costs of attending Northwestern definitely helped my dad and I, so thank you!

I’m very content with where I am right now and I’m excited for the future and the opportunities ahead of me. I hope the foundation and its members are doing well too!

Best,

Ana Cordera Vilchis

Lake Orion High School

Javier Jurado

Javier Jurado
Javier Jurado

Hello, well I have started my college life and commitment at Baker College in Allen Park to study for Business Mechanical Engineering.

I am half way done for this “semester” and I am doing very good. Thank you for writing at me. If you have any questions to ask me, feel free to ask. Thank you again for the chance!

Javier Jurado

Cesar Chavez Academy

Carmen Engel

Carmen Engel

Hello!

My name is Carmen Engel and I was a recipient of the Ric Gonzalez Memorial Foundation in 2011.  I thought I would give you a little update on my life now.  I am currently in my fourth year at the University of Virginia.  I am studying kinesiology and I mainly focus on special needs children.  I hope to graduate in May and then go on to be certified as an Applied Behavioral Analyst.  With this job I hope to be a behavioral therapist for children with autism.  As of right now what city I will end up in is up in the air but I would love to move to San Francisco.  At school I am a member of a sorority, Alpha Phi, and I also love to volunteer around campus.  I am involved with Special Olympics, Charlottesville Therapeutic Center and Golden Living Nursing home.

Hope all is going well,

Carmen Engel

Grosse Pointe South High School

Jazzmin Milety

Jazzmin Milety
Jazzmin Milety

Thank you for reaching out to me! I’d love to share my updates since high school. I’m still here at Wayne State University this is my 5th year.

I have had many difficulties that have caused a delay in my academics. At one point I considered dropping out and joining the work force full time to help my family with finances. However I’ve stuck it out and it has been an immensely tough road. I have committed to doing all that it takes to graduate whether it takes me 4 years or 10. I have a family that looks up to me and depends on my success. Being first generation college students weighs heavily but I’ve committed to breaking the mold and achieving the mountain of success in academics. 

Since high school my family lost our home, jobs, car we hit rock bottom with the harsh economic downfall. My family relocated to Florida and despite a rough start, they are building back up. I came back to Michigan to finish school as out of state tuition would be yet another setback. I’ve moved on campus and while I had a rough transition, I still remain on campus and have been working to be involved. Things are difficult and discouraging at times but I’ve found that instead of selfishly dwelling on my struggles, I’d like to give back. I work two jobs and am part of 4 student organizations. I am part of the Wayne State Gospel Choral, Righteous Movement Bible Study, I’ve recently joined the Pre Professional Medical Society, and have helped to found Wayne States very own Residence Hall Association. My way of giving back on my campus is by encouraging students to being more involved in campus life.  More specifically with RHA,  as part of the Executive Board, we aim to making our residence life synonymous with home, promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity. We have worked hard to bring our residents tons of community building events, leadership conferences and opportunities, hall council trainings and overall increasing resident involvement. We have successfully accomplished in one year what most Universities do in three years. Our upcoming events include are our Leadership Conference in November and we are excited to announce that Wayne State’s Housing department has approved our request to getting our very own office built in addition to a Collaboration Center sponsored by RHA for all WSU residents. 

My road to success has been long. There have been tons of milestones that I have hit and even many times where I have wanted to throw in the towel. However my drive and desperation for success keeps be going. Being able to inspire other students and residents to keep going and to keep reaching for success makes me feel like I’m doing something right. And overall, I know that no matter how long my road takes, my family looks up to me and I am building a new legacy for the younger ones watching behind me. I am proud to say that I am a Wayne State Warrior and I will continue to fight for success.

Thank you Ric Gonzalez Memorial Foundation for pouring into me in the beginning of my journey and thank you so much for reaching back out to check up on my progress. You are immensely appreciated. 

Best, 

Jazzmin Milety

National Communications Chair, Residence Hall Association

Wayne State University

Western International High School

Paulina Torres

Paulina Torres
Paulina Torres

I am a freshman at the University of Detroit Mercy where I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. My experience thus far has been great.

I am currently taking 5 classes and I am passing all of them with A’s. I am also a member of the Hispanic American Association and the First Generation Group on campus. 

I would like to thank you and the Ric Gonzalez Memorial Foundation committee for giving me the opportunity to be a recipient of this marvelous scholarship. 

Have a great day. 

Thank you, 

Paulina Torres

Detroit Christo Rey High School