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Yoseline Mejia

  • Gender: Female
  • University: Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Sociology
  • Hometown: South Central Los Angeles
  • State: California
  • Organization: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Position Title: Senior Analyst, Scholarship Administration and Processing

Yoseline Mejia is an advocate for higher education, and through her career and community service, has worked to share the knowledge she attained through her own experience navigating the college application process—particularly as a first-generation student.

The eldest of four siblings, Yoseline was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, to a mother of Salvadoran heritage, and a father who is from Honduras. She says that their steadfast encouragement not only led to her pursuing a college degree, but also gave her the strength to persevere when she encountered challenges.

One hurdle was balancing her responsibilities at home—helping to maintain the household and care for her younger siblings—with her duties as a college student. “It was difficult to learn how to navigate my college career as a first-generation student, and my role at home, since I was unable to afford on-campus housing,” she says. But she also learned from having to make it work. “Although challenging, it shaped me into the person I am now, better at multi-tasking and prioritizing.”

Her determination led to her becoming the first college graduate in her family. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s University, where she first earned an associate’s degree in Liberal Studies, followed by a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.

Today, she is a senior analyst in Scholarship Administration and Processing at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In that role, she supports the administration of HSF’s scholarships program, including implementation, processing, and compliance.

She says she is proud to be part of the organization’s mission to empower Latino families, by providing them with the resources to pursue higher education, and letting parents and students know that they are “not alone” as they navigate their way to and through college. “By providing scholarships, as well as workshops and events for parents and students, we are creating a college-going culture that once seemed impossible,” she says.

Prior to joining HSF, Joseline worked as an Admissions Associate at Mount Saint Mary’s University Office of Admissions, where she assisted the office’s staff by preparing high school visit packets, attending admission events, coordinating campus tours, and supporting day-to-day activities.

She also previously interned with the nonprofit organization, A Place Called Home, which serves youth from ages eight to twenty, who live in challenging environments in Southern California. In that role, she helped support high school seniors throughout their college application process. Her work included preparing presentations related to choosing a college, financial aid literacy, and understanding A-G requirements.

Drawing from her personal and professional experiences, she encourages students on the road to college to “do their research, tour campuses, and advocate for themselves.” She adds, “Financing an education should not prevent students from going to college, which is why it's important that students learn more about the scholarships available to them, and apply, apply, apply. Nuestra educación también es posible!” (Our education is also possible!)