Scholar of the Week
Abraham Baca, a civil engineering senior, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a 2012 HENAAC-Southern California Edison scholarship recipient. The first in his family to attend college, Abraham’s goal is to graduate from UCI and receive his Professional Engineering License.
Abraham is best described as a student that seeks out any academic, leadership or career development opportunity that comes his way. As a freshman, he sought out and joined the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA). The only STEM student in the organization, he continued his active involvement through his senior year when he was elected president. As president, he reengaged community service opportunities for the organization, which was very important to him. He also instilled a mentorship program, which paired upper classmen with lower classmen. Abraham believes the best way to create drive is to have someone guide you along your academic path.
During the summer of 2011 as a LBSA member, Abraham was selected to participate in the program titled Creating a Path to Success (CAPS), sponsored through the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As part of the program, he was tasked to fundraise for a local elementary school in the Hispanic community. He and his group successfully raised $12,000 which was used to purchase much needed school supplies.
Aside from his leadership and academic excellence, Abraham continues to give back to the community, by mentoring students through the America On-Track: Mentoring Children of Prisoners and tutoring math through the SAGE Scholars for Scholars Tutoring Program.
Abraham has traveled a long road from Mexico to UCI. He has distinguished himself as a role-model, who is disciplined, self-directed, and has demonstrated maturity and commitment to his family and community, while completing his undergraduate program!
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