Itzel Barron Valdez - Define American

Itzel Barron Valdez

Fort Wayne, IN

Five years ago, I was preparing to graduate high school and had no idea if I would be able to continue my education. As a DACA student, I didn’t qualify for financial aid and money was tight. In my passionate desire to attend college and despite the odds that come with being a young Latina and DACA recipient, I applied for multiple private scholarship opportunities. I was beyond blessed to receive an extremely generous scholarship to attend Huntington University in Indiana, a school I only dreamt of attending.

This past weekend, I completed my studies in Economics & Finance, History, and Philosophy — graduating Cum Laude and earning both a B.A. and B.S. It is solely through the grace of God that I have managed to make it to this point. All the credit belongs to Him!! Thank you to my parents who supported me through this journey and never doubted my abilities, even when I did. This accomplishment is a representation that what my parents did for our family was not in vain!

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