Edgar Sosa will be the first of his family to attend and graduate from college. And yet, his dream is much larger — he dreams of one day working as a pediatrician to provide much-needed medical services to children in third-world countries.
This dream is not just Edgar’s; it is also that of his parents. You see, his parents did everything they could to provide him with the opportunity to attend college. Moving the family to Idaho, extra hours at work, a second job — all so that Edgar could flourish in high school and make this dream a reality.
And flourish he did.
At Skyview High School Edgar immersed himself in extracurricular activities. He was the president of the Key Club and the Bilingual Education Student Organization, competed in Nashville, Tennessee for Health Occupations Students of America’s (HOSA’s) Future Health Professionals and was a leader on the soccer team. Edgar also took a heavy academic load (earning some college credits early), graduating eighth in his class before beginning his freshman year at Boise State as a sophomore.
Because of scholarships, Edgar is not only able to attend college, but also take advantage of every opportunity to excel. He is a double major in psychology and biology, takes several leadership roles in the Honors College and interns at a local pediatrician’s office.
To help students like Edgar succeed, the TRiO Success Program, a multi-faceted support unit at Boise State, offers academic assistance and encouragement for students who are first-generation, come from a low-income family or have a unique challenge due to a disability.
As Edgar continues his time at Boise State, he hopes to become more immersed in the TRiO Success Program, “They provided me with a mentor and tutors to help me succeed through my years at Boise State.” Now Edgar will pay it forward as a mentor and advocate for other first-generation college students.
For Edgar, college — and Boise State in particular — is the first step to reaching his dream. A first step that has been realized thanks to a scholarship.