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Karen Gamez – Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Karen Gamez – Foundation Scholarship Recipient


[soft acoustic guitar music] My name is Karen Gamez, and I received
the Mark and Delayne Transfer Scholarship. I’m very excited–I also received a scholarship last year
from the broadcasting program. It means a lot that I’ve received a Green River scholarship two years in a row. I appreciate the fact that they don’t limit themselves
to give it to students that are residents in the U.S. or that are, you know, citizens. I still feel like I’m an American. I’m a Mexican-American,
and I’ve grown here all my life and I want to give back to this country just like
anyone else, and I know that I am making a difference. When I was in high school, I was accepted to U.W.
and a lot of other universities but because of my financial status,
and my immigration status, I couldn’t access FAFSA or a lot of other
scholarship opportunities, and I was really discouraged. but coming to Green River was just one of the most
amazing opportunities that could have happened to me. I met a lot of wonderful people, and I got that
small classroom setting in a college environment. I kind of got the full experience–
I was able to work in the Office of Diversity. They’re amazing people there, and I got connected
to a lot of resources and a lot of other people– I was able to develop more leadership skills,
enhance my skills with other people and able to help other students. I’m just very happy to have been a Gator–
to have been a student at Green River. And I hope to have the same experience at U.W.
and also be able to maybe work there or help other students, and keep on pushing the
awareness for undocumented students and our rights. How we’re raised isn’t exactly up to us,
but what we do with our life, and how we overcome the obstacles
that we’re faced with, define who we are. And you’re helping me to find who I am,
and how I’m going to define my community. [♪]

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