“My motivation comes from my parents who have taught me that nothing is greater than knowledge, because no one can ever take that away from you.” says Jessie Dominguez. She adds that working hard at her education and making her parents proud has always been a “goal and passion.”
She was born and raised in Texas and has an older sister who is an HSF Scholar and a younger brother. With financial resources limited as she was growing up, the latest technology and summer enrichment programs were simply out of reach. Realizing that this was the reality, she committed to making the most of the free education offered at her school and to take advantage of every available opportunity to expand her knowledge.
A graduating senior at Robert Vela High School, she has excelled academically and has been recognized as an AP Scholar, National Hispanic Scholar, and QuestBridge College Prep Scholar. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, the national math honor society for high school and two year college students.
Outside of class, she has been actively involved in multiple school clubs and organizations, including the Alliance Migrant Club, LEAF Club (Recycling Club), HOSA (Future Health Professionals), and the school marching band.
In June 2019, Jessie was one of 200 students selected to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at the University of Southern California. YLI is a five-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. She was particularly enthusiastic about the networking opportunity. “Being a part of this network is the start of my path towards success in the near future,” she said.
Working towards a career as a doctor, and thinking of the financial obstacles she’s had to overcome, thus far, she encourages others in the same situation to make getting a college education a goal, and to persevere. She is convinced that “with hard work and drive, there will always be a way to be successful in achieving one's aspirations.”