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Fabian Valerio

  • Gender: Male
  • High School: School for the Talented and Gifted
  • Hometown: Dallas

Fabian views higher education as a stepping stone for shaping his own future and the world around him. This perspective also drives him to do his best to be a “role model and inspiration” for his community and his younger brother.

Born in California, he grew up in a single parent-household in Texas where he experienced financial challenges that limited the resources available to him for learning and development. He acknowledges that when he looks at demographics and statistics, the odds for success are stacked against him. But rather than letting numbers rule his destiny, he is determined to prove them wrong. “They have only motivated me to take control of the image and set a different standard,” he said.

He is currently a junior at the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, a magnet high school, where he participates as a team driver and engineer on the Robotics Team, and has helped create and maintain a school garden, as a member of the Gardening Club. He is also a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (jROTC).

Outside of school, he is engaged in the community as a member of the Dallas Young Activists and also devotes his time to honing his leadership skills through the programs of the National Hispanic Institute. He worked as a volunteer on a School Board Trustee campaign that succeeded in seating his former principal on the board.

His distinctions include having been honored by the National Hispanic Recognition Program for his PSAT score, and in jROTC, having been selected as Battalion Commander and receiving the Distinguished Cadet and Superior Cadet awards.

Fabian plans to study Engineering in college and ultimately, aspires to become a politician, representing his community in policymaking and legislation.

Last July, he was one of 200 students selected to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s 2019 Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at the University of Southern California. YLI is a four-day, overnight program that gives outstanding Latino rising high school seniors the practical tools they need to set a course for success in college and career. He sees HSF’s network as one that will open doors for him to connect with peers and others who will be working alongside him, to build a better future for his community and the nation.

Fabian advises students who are considering college to think less about prestige and focus, instead, on finding a great "fit," in terms of one’s needs, interests, and personality.