- Gender: Female
- Major: Economics
- University: Boston College
- Hometown: Miami
- State: Florida
Ms. Rojas and her older sister were born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her father is from Oriente, Cuba, and her mother, from Havana. Her mother recently received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, while simultaneously managing the family’s businesses. Her father is a licensed physical therapist, who had his own practice for severalyears, but more recently shifted his focus to his jewelry businesses.
Her paternal grandparents fled to the United States after Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. Eventually, through hard work, they opened several small businesses and made enough money to bring the rest of their family to the US.
Her maternal grandfather spent 15 years as a political prisoner. Soon after he was granted permission to leave Cuba for the US, he developed Parkinson’s. “Yet, he still pushed on,” she recalls, “and was a driving force in the family with my grandmother…always fighting by his side.
She takes pride in her family’s history and says it was their hard work, experiences, and perseverance that motivated her to go to college. Nevertheless, they struggled to afford college tuition for her and her sister.
Fortunately, she learned about HSF. She applied for and received an HSF Scholarship to attend Boston College, where she is now a senior majoring in Economics. Her extracurricular activities include Latin American Business Club, Cuban American Student Association, and Women in Business.
In September, Ms. Rojas was one of the top 150 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s first annual Career Symposium. The Career Symposium is a conference that introduces top HSF Scholars to current internships and full-time employment opportunities with HSF’s corporate partners. Connecting with other Scholars and Alumni with similar career goals was an important part of the symposium for her.
Prior to that, she served as a volunteer for an HSF Scholar Celebration and enjoyed meeting new Scholars there. “The HSF community is truly brilliant and humbling,” she later said.
In addition to being awarded an HSF Scholarship, she was a Coca-Cola #ForTheDream spokesperson, an HSF Scholar of the Year Semi-Finalist, and a YoungArts National Scholar.
Her goal is to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics in May and eventually pursue an MBA. After she graduates, she wants to work for a bank and consulting firm and then start her own investment or wealth management firm. She also plans to continue developing her passion – Grupo Adelante – which focuses on training and developing solutions for the issues affecting Cuban entrepreneurs. She also looks forward to being able to help HSF Scholars, throughout her career.
She encourages other students to recognize their own skills and talent and adds, “An education is crucial to your future and personal development. If you have a dream, it is your duty to the society as a whole to work towards your goal and not be afraid to strive towards it.”