USU Latino Student Union awards scholarship to local high school student

This year the USU Latino Student Union celebrated Latino culture through food, song and dance and by helping a local high school student pay for college. As part of the Fiesta Americas celebration Saturday, the Latino Student Union presented a $500 scholarship to Ruben Monterrosa, a senior at Mountain Crest High School. Monterrosa said he appreciates the help. “I’m just trying to find ways to have money,” Monterrosa said. “I went to Bridgerland (Applied Technology College) to be a pharmacy technician, basically just for school, because I need a job that’s pretty stable and (will) give me a good amount of income … this is going to help me out — give me a break.” Monterrosa plans to become a pharmacist to follow his interest in chemistry, he said. Monterrosa said he didn’t expect to win the award. A councilor at Mountain Crest handed him information about the scholarship the day before the essay was due and two days before he would be interviewed. “I had no time to prepare for my interview and no time for my essay,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. It surprised me.” Cristina Medrano, LSU’s president, said she wanted the celebration to be something more than it was before. “I wanted to give this event a purpose,” Medrano said. “I feel like the most help in our Latino community needed is with Latinos going to college.”

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