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HSF Scholars

Ryan Joseph Baladez

  • Gender: Male
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • University: Case Western Reserve University
  • Hometown: San Antonio
  • State: Texas

What extracurriculars are you involved in?

La Alianza, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Global Ethical Leaders Society, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Case Western Reserve University orientation leader

What achievements, recognition, and/or awards have you received?

NHD Competition Nationals, Capital Group Companies Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University Scholarship

Biggest hurdle you’ve overcome?

Adjusting to life in college. It was hard to accept that I did not have a balanced academic and social life, but acknowledgment was the first step toward improvement.

What are your plans for the future?

Work in consulting or as a cvil engineer, use environmentally conscious methods/materials to build/design structures, transportation, and energy.

How has HSF helped you?

HSF helped me in my preparation and transition to college. My experience in the Youth Leadership Institute gave me the inspiration and resources to start my college search early. When I began college, it was a strange transition from San Antonio, Texas, a city with a very large Hispanic population, to Cleveland, Ohio. However, knowing that I was an HSF Scholar helped me feel more connected to my culture and more prepared for university life. My family especially my mom continually reminds me how rare opportunities and scholarships were for Hispanic students when she was growing up, so it helps to know that HSF cares.

What HSF Events have you attended?

2020 National Leadership Conference
2018 Youth Leadership Institute – Princeton University