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Anairis Bustamante


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As a Hispanic, apostolic, and first-generation college student with immigrant parents, I would describe myself as a determined and resilient individual. I have been shaped by the values instilled in me by my parents, who sacrificed so much to provide me with opportunities they never had. I am deeply committed to my education and strive to make the most of the opportunities that come my way. I am passionate about my heritage and the unique perspectives it brings, and I believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for creating a vibrant and inclusive society. With the help of scholarships, I can continue to pursue my dreams, make a positive impact, and honor the sacrifices made by my parents.


Independence High School

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Criminology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Health, Wellness, and Fitness

    • Dream career goals:


      • Piano

        2020 – 2021
      • Independence Choir

        Performance Art
        2020 – Present

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        AZMOP — Helper
        2023 – 2023
      • Volunteering

        The Experience Church — Helper
        2022 – 2022

      Future Interests



      Marian Haley Memorial Scholarship
      Education holds a deeply personal and profound meaning for me as the child of immigrant parents and a first-generation college student to be. Growing up, my parents instilled in me the value of education. They sacrificed so much to provide me with opportunities they never had. To me, education is a symbol of their unwavering belief in the power of education to break the cycle of limitations and open doors to endless possibilities. They came here for a reason and I wanna show them that they’re hard work payed off. I myself want to me successful and I want the best for myself and my future loved ones. Education empowers us to question, challenge, and seek the truth. Education is a lifelong pursuit that enriches our minds, broadens our perspectives, and enables us to make a positive impact on the world around us. Education is the key that allows success and empowers me to shape my own destiny . Through education, I have gained the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of the world and pursue my passions. I want to make something of myself and of my life. I have also learned that there are many who are not as fortunate to have the education I have received or aspire to have. Education has also served as a bridge between cultures, allowing me to embrace my heritage while embracing new ideas and perspectives. It has given me the ability to navigate and appreciate diverse perspectives, fostering empathy and understanding in an increasingly interconnected world. It equips individuals with the skills and knowledge to address societal challenges, advocate for justice, and contribute to the betterment of our communities. Education empowers individuals to become active and engaged citizens, capable of making meaningful contributions to society. In conclusion, education is not just a means to obtain a degree or secure a job. It is a transformative journey that shapes our identities, empowers us to reach our full potential, and enables us to make a difference in the world. As the child of immigrant parents and a first-generation college student go be, education represents the culmination of generations of dreams and sacrifices. It is a powerful force that has the ability to break down barriers, foster personal growth, and create positive change. I am forever grateful for the opportunities education has provided me and will continue to embrace its transformative power in shaping my future.