Champions of Justice: Students Earn Scholarships to Pursue Their Dreams

Champions of Justice: Students Earn Scholarships to Pursue Their Dreams

September 1, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Being a low-income student, or a
low-income first-generation student, or being an undocumented low-income
first-generation student, you will struggle a lot and having these
opportunities, having these scholarships will alleviate some of that, allow us to
grow to learn and whatever we learn in those opportunities we’re gonna use that and apply it to every part of our lives educationally, professionally and socially. My first experience within just the legal profession was when I was 7 years old and I had to accompany my parents to visit an immigration lawyer. That was the first time I think I ever filled out anything for my parents, and so slowly and like my first grade first grade handwriting, I was filling out this paper and we waited for the lawyer to call us in. He called us in He spoke no Spanish. He only spoke English. My mom was like, “dile, listo” or tell him this and I was like, “Oh, okay.” But at 7 years old my vocabulary wasn’t the same between Spanish or English and I think the most heart-wrenching thing was when he you
know told me there’s nothing you can actually do. And so telling that to my
parents in Spanish I think, kind of solidified my sense of, you know I want to do something to help people in my future. I don’t know, for those who can’t
imagine what homelessness is like I don’t know. I can only explain what it’s
like in one day in my life right, so I would come to school, a full day of
school, and I would stay here for as long as possible. So, what nine? And then I
would hit the street. I would have to leave and sometimes, I wouldn’t have eaten the entire day So, apart from being hungry There was also the worry of where am I going to go next? And it’s like you’re in a state of limbo. It all goes back to a turning point. Back in high school, junior year, when I came to realize that I was undocumented and there was going to be many difficulties ahead. At that point I gave up on everything, I gave up all my classes and I realized that no matter what happens there’s no point of me destroying myself right now and I think I should just keep going forward. So, I was accepted into Columbia Law yesterday. Yeah. The Neco scholarship has, for the most part, allowed me to reduce kind of financial stressors that I have, and be able to
concentrate on both my honors senior thesis and also my law school
application and has paid for majority of those law school applications as well,
since applying to law school is an extremely expensive process. I think without it
I wouldn’t have been able to balance and juggle all those different things
throughout the semester. For me, getting an education was paramount. With my degree, I will become an attorney in the next few years. I’ll be going into law school
in the fall of this year. What I would like to say is thank you, you know because you know, every dime counts. Knowing that there’s a scholarship like the Rossano Rosado scholarship tells me that there’s people who understand and
there’s people who care and there’s people who want to see you succeed. And so it’s something that I’m very grateful and I feel that it’s something
that I can return. Like, I’ve been helped I should pass that help on.