Maria Martinez - Define American

Maria Martinez

Palo Alto, CA

My parents brought me to the USA when I was 15 years old from Microscopy, México. I’m the daughter of a construction worker and a house keeper. However, since I was in México, I wanted to become someone important. I went to Sequoia High School and Cañada Community College. Then, I transfer to San Jose State University. I had no money and no legal papers. I was awarded the National Science Foundation Scholarship even though it said it was for legal residents only. Thanks to AB540 that passed just before I transfer and to this scholarship I graduated as an Industrial & Systems. But, I work as a janitor because I have no papers.

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