Scholar of the Week

Leticia Santana      
California State University, Los Angeles

Leticia Santana is a outstanding senior, mechanical engineering student at California State University, Los Angeles.  Her intellectual curiosity as well as her professionalism and personal integrity are above par.  These characteristics paved the way for her to be a recipient of a $2,500 2014 HENAAC/Victoria Alegria Tracy Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. John Tracy.

The Victoria Alegria Tracy Memorial Scholarship was initiated in honor of Dr. Tracy’s mother, Victoria Mari Alegria Tracy, who had a passion for education, and always encouraged students to continue with their studies, and persist through the challenges they encounter.  This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding STEM female student attending CSULA.

Leticia owes her success and empowerment to her parents.  Being the youngest of six siblings, a woman, and first generation student to attend a four year university and pursue an engineering degree has given her the power to lead others towards the path to success. In fact, Leticia has earned a place on the Dean's Honor List every quarter at CSULA, and boasts an impressive GPA.  She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society.

Leticia has earned a wide array of scholarships including the Edison International Power Energy Scholarship, ECST Corporate Scholars Program Scholarship, and the HENAAC/Jose F. Silva Memorial Scholarship, in 2012.

Outside the classroom, she is currently a tutor for the American Reads & America Counts Program-EPIC.  Since 2013, she has provided tutoring to children in inner-city elementary schools to help develop their reading and math skills. 

Leticia is described by her peers as organized, reliable, forthright, passionate and someone who takes pride in her work.  She is highly involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conducting outreach to high school and middle schools.  She is also involved with Engineers Without Borders, and an active member of the Society of Hispanic Engineering and Science Students (SHESS) and the MESA Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement Program. During her spare time she practices martial arts as a 2nd degree black belt and is a youth instructor.

She is actively involved in the community with the goal of motivating youth towards pursuing a college education.  Her passion is to help Hispanic communities by motivating youth towards obtaining a STEM education. In the eyes of her students she is seen as a leader who they can count on for guidance.

Leticia's academic talents, personal drive, and well-defined intellectual goals will enable her to continue to excel toward her career goals.

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