- Gender: Female
- Major: Human Biology
- University: University of California - San Diego
- Hometown: Norco
- State: California
Ms. Delgado grew up in Norco, California, with her two younger siblings. In addition to her studies, she ran track at Norco High, a public school recognized by the state of California for its “exemplary and quality educational programs.”
She says she is grateful to her parents, who never went to college, for the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make, to see to it that she is able to go to college and pursue her dreams.
As is the case for so many students, figuring out how to pay for a higher education has been her greatest challenge, thus far. But, with her parents’ help, and the support of an HSF scholarship and several others, she is now a senior at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she is majoring in Human Biology.
She has earned Provost honors, which according to the UCSD website “are awarded quarterly based upon the completion of twelve graded units with a GPA of 3.5 or higher with no grade of D, F, or NP recorded for the quarter.”
Continuing her interest in sports, Ms. Delgado plays ultimate frisbee. She also works as a volunteer at Scripps Memorial Hospital.
Last year, she was one of 100 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s first annual STEM Summit. The event is an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference that gives top HSF Scholars an inside track to career success in STEM fields, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance.
“HSF has introduced me to a like-minded community of people who share pride in being Hispanic,” she said of her experience. “Knowing that there are so many other Hispanic individuals pursuing a higher degree motivates me to do my best and reminds me that I am not alone in this journey.”
After graduating from UCSD, she wants to attend medical school and become a pediatric doctor or surgeon. She notes she is also interested in developing breakthroughs on ways to apply stem cell research to alternative treatment options.
She has a message for students interested in college. The way she sees it, it’s far more than just a great investment in her future; it has also been one of the best experiences of her life, allowing her to grow personally, as well as academically and professionally. “You grow as an individual, learning in the classroom, but also by interacting with a diverse set of peers,” she said.