A young girl named Cindy Cuellar is set to become the first university graduate in her family having earned 60,000 million dollars worth of scholarship offers to study at any University of her choice in the United States.
Cindy Cuellar is a KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate graduate who moved to the United States at the age of 16. She said she grew up in Colombia and relocated with hopes of getting a better life and future in the States.
Cindy was invited to The Today Show to share her journey to college and her experiences as an immigrant. She mentioned that when she first moved to the United States, everything was new.
She said she had to learn how to adjust to the new language, new culture, and new experiences. Cindy stated that it was at KIPP Academy Lynn School that she had the opportunity to create meaningful connections and explore her possibilities to their fullest potential.
At the end of the interview on the Today Show, Cindy was surprised with the news that she was selected to be a Goldberg Scholar. She received a scholarship worth of 60,000 dollars to fund her at the university.
The Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program selects 15 KIPP students nationwide to receive $60,000 over four years and an assigned mentor in the field of their career interest.
She said she is passionate about traveling to new places stating that traveling has filled her with core experiences that have opened her eyes to new ideas. Cindy also said she loves dancing as it has taught her a lot about herself and helped her develop into her present self.
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She said she is devoted to her community at every academic step, aiming to learn about international relations to assist both her community and historically oppressed groups at the university.
Cindy said she will be attending Boston University and plans to explore her interest in neuroscience and international relations as she decides her path.