Christopher MacAlpine-Belton, 2007 Wells Fargo Scholar, 2010 Graduate Scholar
Malena Herrera first became aware of the Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarship Fund when she accompanied her family to the scholarship award ceremony to celebrate her brother's award. She was awed by the caliber of recipients and speakers, "It was like the Oscars of education." She knew that receiving the scholarship meant she too "could attend college without financial strain. I could focus on school and fully immerse myself in college life and not have to work in between classes."
Herrera applied and earned her scholarship in 2013 and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Psychology in 2015. She currently holds the title of Senior Events Specialist and Marketing Campaigns at Kintone.
She credits her Kennedy-King mentor, Keiko Kobayashi, with guidance during the application process. Upon receiving the scholarship, Keiko provided repeated check-ins to ensure that Malena was doing well academically. "The whole process was seamless," said Malena, "and I felt supported every step. " Describing the people behind the Kennedy-King Foundation as a family, Malena refers to them as " your cheerleaders, and they want you to succeed and genuinely believe that you can make a difference."
Malena will never forget her award ceremony. "So much so that almost ten years later, I still remember that day vividly; seeing my picture and story on the screen and my proud parents beaming at me is something I'll never forget." The icing on the cake for Malena was graduating debt-free and enjoying a successful career! She mentioned that one day, she and her brother hope to give back to Kennedy-King by sponsoring a scholarship of their own.
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Meet Daniel Ponce, a 2007 Kennedy-King scholarship recipient and our newest board member!
Fernanda Lopez, 2010 Scholarship recipient and graduate of San Jose State University
Robin Lopez, 2012 Phillips 66 Undergraduate Scholar,
2017 Perfecto Villarreal Graduate Scholar