Scholar of the Week

Christian Cabrera      
Cal State L.A.

Christian Cabrera is in his junior year as an electrical engineering major at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).He has established himself as a scholar and a leader, who always gives back to his community. Among his academic and extracurricular activities, Christian has maintained an excellent 3.59 GPA. His academic achievements have earned him a place in the Class of 2013 HENAAC Scholars with a $1,000 Jose R. Silva Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Raytheon.

It is no surprise this is not Christian's first scholarship. In 2012, he was a HENAAC Scholar, a NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) Scholar, and a CSULA Corporate Scholar. Currently, he is also a member of several STEM student organizations, including the Society of Hispanic Engineering and Science Students (SHESS), MESA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), and the invite-only Golden Key International Honour Society. Through these STEM organizations, Christian volunteers his time regularly to rebuild his community through outreach. He has participated as a student leader in the Los Angeles Metro Area Senior MESA Day and as Vice President for SALEF. He also provides free tutoring to low income students from his community.

Because of his excellent work ethic, Christian's academic advisor personally recommended him for a position as MESA's mathematics facilitator. Christian currently facilitates the mathematics workshop on a weekly basis and is even pursuing a minor in mathematics.

Christian is focusing on changing the lives of thousands by the way energy is produced. He plans on creating renewable energy that is affordable and accessible for any family in any community. His hope is to empower underrepresented and underserved families through renewable energy so their children can also attend college. Given Christian's academic accomplishments and community engagements, it is without a doubt he will continue to realize his aspirations.

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