Patricia Young was born and raised in Texas, one of four sisters. Both of her parents encouraged her to pursue her dreams. “They, along with my foster mother, told me that the best way for me to chase my dreams was through a college education,” she says. Despite financial obstacles, Patricia, like her older sisters, chose to follow her parents’ advice.
Soon to enter her senior year at The University of Texas at Austin, she is a business student majoring in Marketing and Human Development of Organizations with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is an HSF Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar and has also been awarded several other scholarships.
During her time at the university, she has joined several student groups, including the Women's Business Council, the Association of Latino Professionals for America, and the American Marketing Association. She participated in Project LEAD, a project management and leadership development program that allows students to apply their learning to the management of projects that benefit their community. In addition, she has served as a campus ambassador for Elivade, an online career community for people of color.
In October, Patricia was one of 118 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s annual Finance Conference, an event that exposes HSF Scholars interested in the field, to specialized industry knowledge and career opportunities in finance, including commercial banking, investment banking, asset management, private equity, and other finance-related fields. She describes the HSF Network as a family and says, “I consider HSF as a wonderful group that always wishes the best for me and my career.”
Patricia aspires to one day run her own company. To those considering their own future goals and dreams, she recommends, “Pursue what you want and not what you think would make others happy.”