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First Generation Student Credits Scholarships for Creating Opportunities

Alondra Perez ’18, is a junior at Boise State University, pursuing her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.  She’s involved in the Honors College, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and was recently accepted into the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Her future plans include being published in the 2018 McNair Scholars Journal and pursuing her doctorate in mechanical engineering.

Like some college students, her first year involved changing her major numerous times.

“After choosing the Boise State engineering program, I have never looked back,” she said.

She credits scholarships with creating opportunities for her to be involved in campus life and academic research.  

“The Dean’s Scholarship has given me the focus I need to put into my studies and be involved with clubs, such as co-leading the NASA Micro-g Team,” she said.

Alondra is the first person in her family to attend college.  

“As the daughter of migrant farm workers, I came to Boise State after receiving a scholarship from the College Assistance Migrant Program,” she says. “I also remember the smiles on my parents’ faces when I received the College of Engineering Dean’s Scholarship.”  

Other notable scholarships she has received include the Larry & Karen Arguinchona Honors College Scholarship.