Antonio Guerrero Receives WSU Vancouver Community College President’s Award
Posted: June 6, 2013
Antonio Guerrero, a Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) student, has been selected to receive the prestigious President’s Award to attend Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV).
Michael Hay, MHCC president, selected Guerrero because of his leadership skills and dedication to community service. WSUV awards the scholarship to outstanding students at several local community colleges and renews it each year as long as the students remain enrolled full time.
Guerrero “has simply excelled and consistently demonstrates tremendous integrity, compassion, commitment and the kind of service-oriented leadership usually reserved for individuals far beyond his years,” notes Hay.
Guerrero was elected a year ago to the position of vice president for Associated Student Government at MHCC. That was a highpoint in his life, almost as good as the recent news about his scholarship. “I was so happy, I didn’t know whether to cry or smile, so I did a little of both,” Guerrero says of the announcement from WSUV. “I was speechless and insanely happy.”
Has His Sights Set On a Career Helping People
The son of Guatemalan immigrants and a father at a young age, Guerrero had every opportunity to be become just another statistic in the community. Few placed high expectations on him, and even fewer supported his dream of becoming the first in his family to earn a college degree – which he will accomplish June 15 when he participates in MHCC commencement exercises and receives an associate degree.
Rather than succumbing to the role of helpless victim, Guerrero chooses to pursue his dream of earning a master’s degree and becoming a legal advocate for low-income people.
David Sussman, manager of Student Union and Specialized Student Services at MHCC, notes that Guerrero frequently works nights and weekends to support his family and pay for textbooks; he puts in extra time in the Tutoring Center to make sure he understands course materials; and he devotes countless hours to help make the community a better place.
In addition to his accomplishments with student government and non-academic responsibilities, Guerrero has managed to maintain a solid grade point average, a testament to the dedication he invests in himself, his education and his role as a leader.
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