Lupita Melgarejo was honored Tuesday evening as the 2014-2015 Star Scholar Scholarship at the Star’s Gala. According to today’s Star article, the star selects the top based on an essay contest. Lupita was awarded with the $5,000.00 Julius Gius Scholarship. Mr. Gius was the Editor for the Ventura County Star Free- Press from 1960-1988.
Lupita is a dedicated student who loves to play tennis and is the captain for the tennis team. She is also the president for the science club.
She loves to learn new things in school and has developed a love for science and intends to go into the medical field.
Following is the essay that she read in front of the hundreds of individuals who attended Tuesday’s evening event and who gave her a standing ovation.
Congratulations to Lupita and her family.
Once a Viking, Always a Viking!
250 word essay by – Lupita Melgarejo, VC Star Scholar Essay
Coming from a family of immigrants who were virtually homeless, I sometimes feel that my dream of going to college and becoming a neurologist is quixotic. From living in a single bedroom to standing outside rescue missions several times, my parents have always struggled to meet our basic necessities. Despite my circumstances, I have refused to succumb to adversity.
For the past three years, I have deeply involved myself in the science fair. Oftentimes, I felt defeated at the county science fair as my homemade projects competed against students with partnerships from AMGEN or from privileged schools. Surprisingly, I placed first each year and became the only student eligible at my school to compete at the state science fair.
The science fair has encouraged me to pursue my interests and has opened doors. Currently, I am working with a professor at Montana University to have my work published in a Southern California science journal. Furthermore, I have obtained highly selective internships at CSUCI and at the National Park Service. As president of science club and tennis captain for three years, I’m devoted to spreading the significance of science and health to my community.
I aspire to become a neurologist and be able to relieve patients suffering from neurological illnesses and oppressive medical bills. Because I have experienced poverty personally, like Julius Gius, I wish to provide financial relief in the future to prevent others battling illnesses from suffering poverty’s ordeals. We can all make a difference, no matter the circumstances.