Mr. Gonzalez was born and raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, the eldest of three children. When he was 10, he and his family immigrated to the U.S., and he recalls how difficult life was during those first few months. Home was a one-bedroom apartment with only a few pieces of furniture, and his father installed floors and carpeting to make ends meet. But his mother soon landed a job in sales, and eventually, the couple joined forces to build a sales team of their own.
“I love my parents unconditionally,” he said. “They have taught me that hard work and perseverance always prevails in life.”
He is currently attending the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), where he is majoring in Finance and Global Business. An HSF Scholarship is helping him pay for tuition and other college-related expenses.
Last summer, he was also one of the top 99 Scholars in HSF’s 2015 Scholarship class invited to attend the Fund’s first National Leadership Conference (NLC). NLC is an annual event that provides the top HSF Scholars in the current class an inside track to academic and professional excellence, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance.
“I cannot express the life-changing experience I lived that weekend in L.A.,” he said. “I'm more motivated than ever…. Now, I go forward, knowing that nothing in life is impossible….”
He spends part of his free time tutoring and mentoring high school students and serving as a Career Management Center Ambassador in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas. He also participates in the Association of Latino Professionals for America, the Undergraduate Success Scholar Program, and the Chi Phi Fraternity.
His goal is to graduate from UT Dallas, get accepted into a fast-track program to obtain a master’s degree in Finance within one year of graduating from college, and then, to join one of the nation’s top financial firms.
His advice to other students preparing to enter college: “Get involved! College is a time to embrace who you are and find what you are passionate about. Sit in the front of class and visit your professors during office hours; they are there to assist you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and participate. College is the perfect path to find the inner leadership within you.”