Jonathon Negron, born and raised in New Jersey, considers higher education a “door of opportunity” to a wide world of possibility. Motivated by his parents and his belief in the importance of education, he plans to pursue a college degree with a focus on engineering and technology.
Currently a senior at High Tech High School in North Bergen, New Jersey, where he is an honor roll student, he is co-founder and captain of the High-Tech Hawk’s eSports team, an Eagle Scout candidate, and serves as a Boy Scouts Den Chief. He is a two-time FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Rockwell Collins Innovate Award winner. The award is given to the team competing in the event, that demonstrates the greatest creativity and innovation in robot design. He also enjoys recreational basketball and bowling, volunteers for a veteran’s home and foster services, and serves as a peer mentor.
Last June, Jonathon was one of 200 students selected to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s 2019 Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at The University of Chicago. 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 says that it was an honor to be chosen for the program.
Recognizing that college is both demanding and valuable, he says he also appreciates the support offered by HSF to “prepare and empower” him to succeed. “We Latinos have a power inside of each and every one of us,” he adds, “and no matter where life takes us, that power is there, waiting to be shown to the world.”
After completing his undergraduate studies, he intends to earn a master’s degree, develop field expertise, and move into a leadership position within his chosen field. Although he has not yet chosen exactly what this will be, he aims to use his education and expertise to contribute to the wider community.
Jonathon advises others preparing for college to be organized. He believes that allowing future goals to inform decision-making streamlines the college process by narrowing down what matters most and notes that “…it is never too early to start thinking about college.”