Congratulations, Rogelio!

A graduate from Holland High School’s Class of 2013, Rogelio earned his degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan.

Currently, Rogelio is building his resume before applying to graduate school in order to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Rogelio’s parents, who came to the U.S. from Mexico 30 years ago, always stressed the importance of education. Neither of them completed middle school and both were employed in occupations that, as Rogelio put it, “require strenuous physical labor, long hours and offer only low income.” His parents wanted something more for their children.

During high school Rogelio participated in Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) as well as LAUP’s Adalante and Mas Adalante and Holland’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club. These programs teach students leadership skills, public speaking and encourage them to be community service leaders as well.

Bert Jara, former Executive Director of LAUP, had this to say about Rogelio:

“Rogelio is a disciplined young man with strong, quiet leadership skills. He sets an example of hard work and commitment to excellence for his peers. His good nature, acute intelligence and tenacity make me confident that he will succeed in whatever he sets out to accomplish.”

Rogelio’s advice to high school students?

“Get out of your comfort zone. Work hard. Be optimistic. And make yourself noticed for what you achieve.”

To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit