We are honored to announce this year's scholarship recipients.
My name is Aneesa Marie Reyes and I am a sophomore student who attends Arizona State University majoring in Sports Science and Performance. After my 4 years I plan to start a career in the first responder pathway where I will begin my passion as a firefighter.
I grew up in a rural town called Santa Paula, California where I have spent most of my life. In my free time I enjoy listening to music( hip-hop, rock, country and Spanish music). I also enjoy playing sports, traveling and volunteering with youth and those underserved.
My parents attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival. I’m thankful they are survivors. Many on-duty (and off-duty) personnel went into action, helping those who were injured, including my parents. This has inspired me to become a firefighter so I can give back in the way my parents and many others were assisted by first-responders.
The shooting has affected my life in multiple ways. I witnessed my parents struggle with healing in several different ways, including mental and physical. I feel like I inherited their anxiety that affects my personal life and school performance where I have become guarded around people and events. My father was trampled and knee surgery was needed. I saw how he continued to work at getting himself physically, and mentally better. This is one of the reasons that I have decided on a career as a first responder. I want to help people like my dad, who have suffered an injury in their recovery.
My name is Braydon Bond and I am a recent graduate, one of thirty, high school seniors in the Sports Medicine Department at Southeast Career and Technical Academy, the number one magnet school in the nation.
Over the last four years, I have worked hard in and out of the classroom to achieve my future goal and attend college. I am looking forward to my academic journey in the Honors College at UNLV in the fall, studying biology with a Pre-Professional concentration. I understand it will be long, challenging, and costly, but the fact that I can eventually contribute to making a difference will fuel my drive.
My ultimate goal is to make health care better in Nevada. Our residents are traveling to neighboring states to states to receive care due to our inability to maintain physicians. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, so I plan to stay and care for the future of our state.
Hello, my name is Isabelle Martinez.
I recently graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teaching with aspirations of becoming a high school Math teacher.
During my time at my community college I tutored students primarily in Math. My favorite part of tutoring was being able to explain concepts in Spanish to bridge the gap for those students who needed help in Math, but were also challenged with a language barrier and did not fully understand English. Being able to reach both sides of these hurdles makes me feel empowered to help students knock down those walls so that they may succeed.
Just a few days ago I was officially accepted into my Credential program with hopes of finishing my credential program in a year so that I can start teaching Math at the high school level by Fall 2024. After obtaining my teacher credential I wish to continue my education with a Master’s degree in multicultural and multilingual education. Because some of the degrees I am pursuing are very specific, I am going to school away from home and scholarships like this are making my dreams possible!