Posted Online: Sept. 08, 2007, 12:00 am
Learning experience; Viva Quad Cities scholarship winners have high hopes for future
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By Guillermo Trevino,
Photo: Alvaro Macias of Hola America|
Sandra and Marisol Trevino. Sandra and Marisol Treviņo are newer recipients of the award. Marisol works for AT&T as a customer consultant. Sandra works for AmeriCorp a company that provides free non criminal legal assistance for low income families.
Marisol and Sandra Trevino are two newer recipients of the Viva Quad Cities scholarship award.
Marisol works for AT&T as a customer consultant. Sandra works for AmeriCorp, a company that provides free non-criminal, legal assistance for low-income families.
Both girls want to further their education. Marisol already has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She also wants to get a master's degree in business and use that degree in her career. She was a three-time award winner of the scholarship.
Sandra wants to go to law school and eventually get her juris doctorate, to become a lawyer. She was a two-time winner of the scholarship.
The girls are daughters of Juan and Lilia Trevino in Rock Island and gave credit to their parents for pushing them about the importance of education. Juan was adopted in Tamaulipas and Lilia is from El Valle de Guadalupe, Michiocan, Mexico.
"They were very open to it," Marisol Trevino said.
"But at the same time it was difficult because they didn't go through the same things we were going through so they didn't understand why we needed to stay out late at the library," Sandra Trevino said.
Both girls attended a Catholic school, Alleman High School, and said the transition from public to private school was the most difficult thing. They agreed that the school prepared them for college.
Sandra Trevino is looking forward to becoming a professional, being respected and having prestige. She says that is what pushed her through college.
"I had to do this, so if anybody had a doubt in me, I'm going to prove them wrong when I finished," she said.
Marisol Trevino would like to see more Latinos in power, having higher positions, saying it would be a great motivational tool.
"In the near future, we're going to be the majority but at the rate we're going, we have nothing to show for it. To me, I don't want to be a statistic, what motivated me was to be a Latino who went to school and succeeded," she said.
Viva Quad Cities President Luis Puentes' daughter received a Viva award and is now a teacher. He spoke as a parent seeing their child win a scholarship.
"Whenever a child is awarded a scholarship, it's a privilege. There's many who apply but only a few get those scholarships," he said.
Lea esta historia en Espanol en esta edicion de Hola America.