Rocio Perez, Senior
Major: Criminal Justice
Obtaining a college education was always a goal of mine, and thanks to the support of generous people like you, I am two semesters away from achieving that goal. After graduation, my plan is to continue pursuing my career goal of becoming an attorney. This summer I will be interning at a law firm in Yakima where I will be assisting clients needing legal help for immigration. This is a big issue here in the Yakima Valley, and helping under represented people will be a very gratifying experience.
Thank you so much for being here this evening and for all your continued support!
Angel Hernandez, Freshman
Major: Visual Arts
I am lucky that I grew up in a family of artists who have always encouraged me to build my talent. Here at Heritage, I am studying visual arts because I want a career as an artistic director working in advertising. I'm already building my portfolio, as I design ads for student clubs to promote their events.
I just finished my first year at Heritage and am so excited about all the opportunities that are open to me. I started working with student government and SIFE in my second semester and am looking forward to being involved in many more activities.
Scholarships are important to me because I depend upon financial aid to help me pay for school. It is nice to know that people care about my success, and it makes me want to give back to my community.
Carmen Mendez, Junior
Major: Business Administration, Marketing
Ever since coming to Heritage I have wanted to meet the people who provide the scholarships that make my education possible so I could say "Thank you".
I have had so many wonderful opportunities here at Heritage. I am active in SIFE and many of the projects they have undertaken throughout the year. I am very proud to be a part of this year's presentation team that made it to nationals. And I am proud to be next year's Student Government Association president.
Next spring I will graduate with a degree in business with a specialization in marketing. Having lived in Mexico for part of my life, I am fascinated by Latin American culture and plan on building a career in international business specializing in this region.
Ts'llii Frank, Senior
Major: Social Work
Attending Heritage University has been by far the best decision I've made. I had always wanted to return to school but never gave myself the chance. Now I am a senior majoring in social work and anticipate graduating in spring 2013. I enjoy the field of social work and the idea of helping individuals. Yet my real passion is helping effect positive change that impacts entire communities. For this reason, I plan to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in public policy. I feel very strongly that I can help make a difference for the betterment of the diverse populations that inhabit the Yakima Valley.
With the utmost sincerity, I thank you for all of your support and generosity that make a difference in countless people's lives.