Ms. Sanchez was born in Dallas, Texas, one of six siblings. Both of her parents were born and raised in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States. Her father worked as a truck driver and her mother worked two factory jobs as a packer. She cites her mother’s grueling work and unrelenting work ethic as the inspiration for her achievements.
“My mother is my hero!” she said. “I would not have the drive that I have to succeed, if it wasn't for her.”
Despite their hard work, her parents struggled to make ends meet. On several occasions, she and her siblings came home to a house with no electricity, gas, or running water. Food, too, was often scarce. The greatest blow of all was losing their home to foreclosure. She says these painful experiences led to feelings of inadequacy, which she struggled with for some time. But she had a change of heart after starting college, deciding that enough was enough. She made a vow to herself: “If there is a will there is a way!”
Ms. Sanchez is currently attending Texas A&M University, where she is completing a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She credits an HSF Scholarship with helping her complete her undergraduate degree and minimize the debt she would have had to incur to pay for college.
Her goals are to attain a PhD in Economics and to become a member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), as well as the first Latina president of a Federal Reserve Bank. She also hopes to give back by funding scholarship programs for future generations of students.
This summer, she was one of the top 99 Scholars in the 2015 HSF Scholarship class invited to attend the Fund’s first National Leadership Conference, which provides attendees an inside track to academic and professional excellence. “Through the NLC program, I was able to have great mentors who gave me important advice I can implement in my life and, in return, impact others,” she said.
Among her many accomplishments, she has interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and conducts and presents her own, original research through the Economic Undergraduate Opportunities Program. She is also active in service, through Habitat for Humanity, and as a member of the Baptist Student Ministries, through which she has helped to build homes for homeless children living in Mexico.