- Gender: Female
- Major: Finance
- University: University of Georgia
- Hometown: Atlanta
Ms. Zayas, the eldest of two, was born and raised in her parents’ home city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. At the age of 15, she and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in search of better opportunities. Her father is an HVAC technician, and her mother is a bank teller at a local credit union.
She says her parents’ sacrifices have been her motivation to pursue a higher education, adding, “Being an educated professional is my way of saying ‘thank you [to them].’” And she is well on her way.
Currently, as an HSF Scholar and junior at the University of Georgia (UGA), she is majoring in Finance. Outside the classroom, she is the president of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) chapter at her school, UGA Goizueta Foundation Ambassador, and a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.
This past October, she was one of 100 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s first annual Finance Conference, an event that exposes interested HSF Scholars to career opportunities in finance, including commercial banking, investment banking, asset management, private equity, and other finance-related fields. The conference sessions are led by distinguished, Hispanic finance professionals.
She says she considers it an honor to have been a part of the Finance Conference’s inaugural class and notes that, “It was extremely empowering and motivating to hear from such well accomplished Hispanics.” She adds that she will never forget “the amount of passion, hard work, and ambition that was present throughout the weekend….”
Her plan is to graduate with honors and to attain a position in the finance industry, in order “to drive continuous improvement and innovation.” She says her personal goal is to “empower Latinos to pursue
an education and follow their dreams.”
Her advice to other students thinking about college: “Go for it! Your education is your biggest asset and nobody can take that away from you. Follow your dreams, and do not think that the steps to get to your dreams are unattainable. Work hard, dream big!”