Blanca Hernandez

USD Student Honors Those Who Came Before Her and Will Support Those Who Come After.

Blanca Hernández is proud to be the current recipient of the Comité México Scholarship at the University of San Diego and says it is humbling to know the scholarship was made possible, in part, by the generosity of alumni from Mexico or of Mexican descent who came before her.

Comité México was established in 2009 by a group of Mexican alumni, parents and friends. In 2015, the group endowed a scholarship fund that supports students from Mexico and of Mexican descent. Hernández, who expects to graduate in 2020, is grateful to follow in their footsteps and to one day honor their legacy by paying it forward.

“I would like to thank those alumni for attending USD, for graduating and for giving back and supporting my dreams and the dreams of others like me,” Hernández shared with Giving Back Magazine. “One day I too will be a part of Comité México because I believe in the power of investing in education.”

At USD, she became involved with the United Front Multicultural Center and this year has a leadership role putting on events like the Farmworkers Mass in March. She is also involved with USD’s University Ministry program and recently celebrated her Confirmation.

Hernández is also making the most of her academic experience. She double-majors in political science and economics with a minor in Spanish. Last summer she interned with Assemblyman Joel Anderson, and in January looks forward to studying in Florence, Italy, as part of USD’s Second-Year Experience. In the future she’s contemplating going to law school or even pursuing a dual degree — a master’s degree and a juris doctor (JD) degree.

“I’m working hard for my family, for the people who gave me this scholarship and for my community,” Hernández says. “Through my education, I want to serve those who are marginalized and help empower them to succeed, just as others empowered me.”

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