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"I believe that by protecting and serving our children's well-being, we promote a healthy society."
During a childhood surrounded by poverty, dysfunction, and drug abuse, Annette Burgueno found a beacon of hope in her hearing-and-speech-impaired grandmother. "She was the most loving woman I have ever known. With her limited communication, she offered the only positive advice I remember, 'Don't drink. Don't use drugs.' I heeded her advice. When she died, I was devastated. The only way I could honor her memory was to become a guiding light in the lives of others."
Annette first studied at a community college, where she benefited from the mentoring of a sociology professor who fervently supported equality and fairness. Under his tutelage, Annette became dedicated to improving conditions for at-risk children. Recently, she developed and implemented intervention and mentoring programs for young members of her own extended family, encouraging their success in education and life, and helping them discover ways to break a cycle of poverty.
Annette funded her highly successful undergraduate studies through academic merit scholarships. Lacking the financial ability to pay for her graduate degree, and choosing to avoid loans because of the modest income associated with her career, she can use this scholarship to pursue her dream. "My long-term vision is to work as a passionate advocate on behalf of children and families."
Warren Wilson College
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar
University of California, Berkeley