4 Oakland seniors receive full scholarships
OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Four seniors from the Oakland campus of Leadership Public Schools will receive full college scholarships for their academic prowess. Arely Jauregui Martinez, Jasai Martinez, Juan Lopez and Josue Jimenez-Lopez all had grade point averages above 4.0.
In addition to their excellent grades, the four students are bilingual and have taken more than 10 college courses.
Arely Martinez is heading to UC-Berkeley, where she plans to do a double major in nutrition and child development. Arely has already taken 10 college courses and is committed to helping others.
“I knew it was important to stand out as a high achiever in an area where adversity leads to unhealthy habits. It’s important for me to do more because I want to add a different face and a different energy to being a ‘scholar,’” she said.
Jasai Martinez is the school’s valedictorian and has already earned four associate degrees from Laney College. His GPA is 4.72 and he will go to Harvard in the fall, where he plans to study computer science or computer engineering.
“I also have my four little siblings who look up to me, and I want them to always know that they should always believe in themselves and do their best to achieve their goals, even if they are difficult. “, did he declare.
Juan Lopez is the LPS salutatorian and earned associate degrees in sociology and political science. After applying to 57 colleges, he chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania to study political science.
“It’s important for me to do more because of who I am and where I come from,” he said. “I am a low-income, first-generation Latino college student in Oakland. For some, they think that people who come from similar backgrounds to me are not qualified to become anyone or anything in life. What we are is what we will be and so being part of the minority group has had one of the biggest impacts on my life as I try to prove everyone wrong and show them that I am capable of what these wealthy white people get without having the exact resources and financial support from parents.
Josue Jimenez-Lopez is a first-generation student who will be attending UC Davis in the fall. He took 21 college courses while balancing a job, internships, and AP classes. His dream is to be a doctor.
“I think the main thing that inspired me to achieve my goals was my parents,” said Josue Jimenez-Lopez. “I watched both my parents work so hard for me and my siblings to get the best education and the best life possible and seeing them work hard made me want to work hard too,” he said. .