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Ashley Perez (UCSD)

I am very grateful for receiving your Sweetwater Class of 1964 scholarship. I am honored to be the recipient you considered to be worthy of your scholarship. As a future first generation university student and daughter of a single mother, your financial support is very meaningful. My mother and I appreciate your generosity. I plan to attend University of California, San Diego starting this fall in pursuit of a career in computer science. During my time at this university, I will remember your support and I will inform you every year of my progress. Thanks for you help, my financial burden has lightened and I am a step closer to achieving my goals.

Your good heart has inspired me deeply and I wish that one day, I will become a donor who can offer support to future students in the same situation as I currently am. Again, thank you for honoring me with your award.

Tanya Conchas (UCLA)

It is my pleasure to be writing to the SUHI class of 1964 on the beginning of my last year at UCLA. I would like to begin by thanking you on behalf of my family and myself once again for the help and support that you provided my sister and I during our time at UCLA. I have learned a lot and have had the opportunity to meet, as well as learn, from very great people. I will not forget the wonderful staff and students that I have met and the long lasting relationships I have made. I am planning to graduate in the spring of 2012 with a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences with a minor in German Language. Looking back I know that I have grown a lot as an individual in the past 3 years and I cannot wait to tackle my last year in college. Graduation time will definitely be a bittersweet moment but like all good things, my college life will have to come to an end. My plans for the future definitely include graduate school in my major, which I want to do as soon as possible. I am a little anxious about what life will be after college but it is time for me to see the world and make the best of it.

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Yadira Conchas (UCLA)

After being fueled by the experiences of my trip to Peru last summer, I was ready to tackle the rest of my required classes for the Anthropology B.A. major at UCLA. I have definitely struggled with my undertaking of this major since I am often questioned why I chose not to pursue a major in Math or Sciences, where there is more of a guarantee of a more “successful” career. I have, however, found myself touching back to Anthropology, because it is really something that I am passionate about, specifically Andean Archaeology. My interest in this field will require research experience before I can apply to a graduate school, but it is a requirement that I am looking forward to this upcoming year and the next. I plan to consult with a few of my professors who are dedicated to Andean Archaeology so that I can further focus my area of interest and fulfill the field research requirement.

I want to once again thank the Class of 1964 for all of the support it has provided me these past few years. It would have definitely been difficult for me to have explored into other career options without this support. It has served as a reminder that there were people that believed in me and who chose to award me this scholarship because of that fact. Thank you so much again, and I hope to make the best of this last year at UCLA.

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