Where our scholarship recipients are today

College & Career Readiness | 04/04/2018

Melissa Molina
Development Manager

Melissa is the Development Manager of Stand for Children Arizona.

DID YOU KNOW? Last year Stand for Children Arizona partnered with College Success Arizona (CSA) to pilot a scholarship program! We introduced you to our three bright recipients in a series of posts back in 2017, and today we’d like to give you an update on their progress and a glimpse into their achievements and struggles along the way.

The first scholar we are showcasing is Giselle Castro, who studies biology at Northern Arizona University. Although Giselle started her first semester as a pre-nursing major, she switched to biology with a minor in chemistry and disability studies upon further exploration and a conversation with her academic advisor about her goals.

She completed her first semester with a 3.81 GPA, which earned her a spot on the Dean’s List. In addition to excelling in her studies, she also became involved in the psychology club and began volunteering with a non-profit called Child’s Fund. Although her first semester was challenging, she studied diligently and honed her time management skills in order to succeed. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Giselle!

Our next scholar we are highlighting is Gilardo Chaidez, who is studying aeronautical engineering at Arizona State University. Gilardo is doing well in his first year so far, despite undertaking a rigorous course load last semester, including both calculus and chemistry courses. Although he commutes to ASU from the West Valley, which has taken a toll on his study schedule, he still worked very hard and earned a 3.46 GPA.

This spring semester, he hopes to find ways to get more involved on campus and is interested specifically in joining the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Gilardo completed his minimum requirements with CSA, along with attending their annual Leadership Symposium this past January as well. We are excited to continue to follow Gilardo on his academic journey!

Our final scholar to spotlight is Anh Tran, who is studying computer information systems at Arizona State University. Although Anh reported that the transition from high school to university was a difficult one, she was resilient and prevailed. When she noticed she was becoming overwhelmed with her heavy course load, she joined the First Year Success Program where her coach helped her improve her time management skills. She also struggles with anxiety, so her CSA advisor suggested she discuss her situation with the Disability Resource Center. She plans to make an appointment sometime during this spring semester. Despite these challenges, Anh finished strong, which is evident from her 3.96 GPA. As she has become more acclimated to campus life, she has also become more involved, joining both the Coalition of International Students and the Vietnamese Student Union. She hopes that this will provide her with more opportunities for networking and new experiences. Although Anh has an interest in computer information systems, she is considering changing her major to criminology, where her true passion lies. Her CSA advisor counseled her to do her research and to meet with her academic advisor to help her navigate the process. Overall, Anh is doing very well, and we can’t wait to follow her progress!

We at Stand for Children are very proud of everything our scholars have accomplished so far and are hopeful about what their futures hold. Stay tuned for more updates on these exceptional students!

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