Eliseo is a 2018 Holland High School graduate studying at Hope College.
He started dreaming of a college education when he was in an eighth-grade Texas classroom.
“This was the first time I considered my future. People in Texas told me I would end up living on the streets like my oldest siblings, uncles and aunts. I was determined to not follow that prediction.”
“I was done living in poverty and feeling like we were getting nowhere. A deep desire grew inside me to succeed in high school and in college. Not only do I have a deep determination to succeed for myself, but to also set an example for my two younger siblings.”
Eliseo was nominated for an H/Z Promise Scholarship his high school counselor. Eliseo credits his counselor with giving him challenging courses to get him ready for college, and his host family took him on many college visits.
“My path to attending college has been challenging, but I have been greatly encouraged by many teachers, coaches, counselors, and family through the whole process.”
To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise