MSJC student awarded AHSIE Seed to Tree Scholarship

February 22, 2016

The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators (AHSIE) announced its 2016 Seed to Tree Student Scholarship recipients in February, including one student from Mt. San Jacinto College. Three winners – one in an associate program, one working toward a bachelor’s degree and one graduate student – will each receive complimentary travel to the annual AHSIE conference at CSU Channel Islands in March, lodging, and conference registration, along with a $500 cash award.

Marina HenriquezThe winner in the associate degree category is Marina Henriquez from MSJC. Henriquez majors in anthropology, maintains a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and serves as a Supplemental Instruction leader, mentoring other students. She said she hopes to continue studying anthropology at the University of Washington or at UC San Diego to research “ancestral human past, whether it be discovering new fossil species, members of currently established hominids, or even being the one with the creative artistic influence to bring one of these fossil hominids back to life in some way.”

“To be a good leader, you need a good team, and in order to organize a good team you have to know how to work well with others and be open to the considerations of the individuals you work with. I hope to use these skills of pulling people together for the benefit of all into any task I may tackle in the future,” Henriquez said.

Araceli Gomez from California State University Fresno is the recipient of the bachelor’s degree tier scholarship and the graduate degree scholarship recipient is Rafael Martinez, from the University of New Mexico. All three will speak at the Welcome Reception on the opening day of the AHSIE conference, where they will share more about their experiences as students at Hispanic Serving Institutions.

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