From FarmworkerCouncil.com, Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach, Sept 2011.
Alejandra Tirado, Maria Olea-Badillo and Rodolfo Vasquez have one thing in common: their parents taught them that having an education will make a difference in their lives.
All three students come from humble, but hard working families who have for years worked in the field as farm workers. Each one has seen their parents working long hours picking vegetables and fruits while earning very little money.
Alejandra graduated from John I. Leonard High School in 2011 and she will begin taking classes at Palm Beach State College this fall where she plans to pursue a career in Criminal Justice.
Maria attended Forest Hill High School and began earning college credits prior to graduating in 2011 where she was the Salutatorian and graduated with a 3.87 GPA. Maria has been accepted to Florida State University in Tallahassee where she plans to obtain a double major. She’ll begin classes also in the fall of this year.
Rodolfo is enrolled in his second year at Palm Beach State College. He graduated from Santaluces High School in 2010 with a 3.5 GPA and currently has a 3.3 GPA on his college courses. He plans to study Mechanical Engineering.
Last week, in recognition of their academic achievements thus far the Farmworker Coordinating Council contributed to the future of these promising students with scholarships that will enable them to buy books, and cover part of their tuition.
The agency made a commitment to help these students with the scholarship for one year provided that they maintain their full time student status and a 2.5 GPA. We wish them success in their personal and academic endeavors.