Scholarship support has motivated Viridiana Cervantes ’14 to reach for higher levels of achievement.
First-generation college student Cervantes said the scholarship support she received to attend UC Davis is not only making it financially possible for her to strive for a career in psychology and art, it also has given her the confidence to pursue that dream.
“When I received the Chancellor’s Achievement Award, I was happy and felt unique because I was the only one in my high school graduating class to receive a scholarship,” said Cervantes, who was born in Mexico and attended high school in Woodland, Calif. “It was great to feel like people believed in me and had faith in me. I was honored by it.”
Cervantes came to UC Davis as a freshman with a 4.2 high school grade point average and received the merit-based Chancellor’s Achievement Award, which is supported by the UC Davis Annual Fund.
The UC Davis Annual Fund, which is funded by donors, provides the chancellor with a source of flexible resources to support students and faculty, respond to opportunities and undertake initiatives that enrich student life. Since 1990, UC Davis Annual Fund support contributions have generated more than $25 million for UC Davis.
Cervantes said she is “so proud” to be a student at UC Davis and is thankful for the philanthropic support that is making her first-class university education possible.
“Because of donor support, students like me who don’t have the money to attend college can attend,” she said. “Because of your support I have the chance to make my dreams possible.”