A student leader at Saginaw Valley State University recently has earned a $1,000 leadership scholarship from the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan.
Marcelina Fulgencio, a social work major from Saginaw, was one of 10 Hispanic students selected from colleges and universities across Michigan to receive this year's Future Leaders Scholarship.
Fulgencio said her scholarship application focused on Hispanic underrepresentation in higher education and her own goals for being a leader at SVSU and in her own community.
“Throughout the U.S., there aren't very many Hispanic students who are in higher education,” Fulgencio said. “It felt good to be a part of that small percentage, and I really try to advocate for the Hispanic community and say that it's important to go into higher education. We all have the potential and all the qualities to earn a college degree. It meant a lot to me.”
The 10 Future Leaders Scholarship awards were presented to the winners during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration put on by the Hispanic Latino Commission on Monday, Oct 15.
The scholarship is open to Hispanic and Latino students in Michigan who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. Selection is based on academic performance along with community service and demonstrated leadership skills.