María X.

María X.


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More About Me

Community: Las Camelias
Grade: 12th
Birthday: November 01, 2002
Favorite Subject: English, because I like to learn another language and be able to communicate with others.

Dream: I like to draw and my dream is to be able to go to college and become an architect.

Biography: I leave in search of work every Saturday. I want a scholarship because my parents can’t cover the cost of my education. Without the scholarship that CoEd provides my family would find it really difficult to afford my education. My community doesn’t have a middle school, so I walk to another community every day in order to go to school. I walk nearly two miles each day to school, and the same distance home after classes. I want to be a professional and have a better life because with a degree one can have better opportunities, and family doesn’t suffer so much. During vacation from school, and on the weekends or when I have any extra time, I work for a retail store for a $2.00 wage. The majority of the money that I earn is used to support my family and the rest I use to buy materials for school.

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