Nancy graduated from West Ottawa High School in 2018 and is studying at Calvin College.
Nancy’s parents and cousin have been her biggest supporters and inspiration.
“When my parents arrived in the United States from Mexico, they saw that the only way to get ahead in life was through education.
My cousin Juan has also served as motivation. He was the only child out of seven to graduate from high school, go to college, finish college and get a job. I saw all he accomplished and I realized that if he could do all of that, I could too.”
Nancy credits her fourth-grade teacher with encouraging her to seek a better future and achieve something that previous generations in her family had not been able to.
In high school, it was Hope College’s Upward Bound that helped and motivated her and eventually recommended her to the Promise.
“They gave me the tools necessary to become a well-rounded person who strives to be a better student today than I was yesterday.”
Nancy plans to study Social Work because she wants to aid and advocate for communities that are underrepresented.
To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise