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Hello! I'm Mariangela "Mari" Cobian, a dedicated undergraduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso, currently pursuing my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. I am also a UTEP alumna, and I graduated with honors in Biological Sciences, achieving summa cum laude recognition. Driven by my commitment to education, I serve as a Remote Tutor, actively contributing to enhancing STEM learning experiences for high school and undergraduate students. Beyond academics, my passion for healthcare propels my aspiration to become a compassionate and devoted future nurse. Beyond my academic endeavors, I held the role of Vice President at the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society. In this capacity, I honed my professional skills while collaborating with fellow pre-health students, nurturing an environment of support and teamwork. I eagerly anticipate engaging in upcoming clinical opportunities, continuing to contribute actively to our organization's mission. Furthermore, I enthusiastically volunteer as the Camp Counselor at Sunny Farm Therapeutic Horsemanship. This opportunity enables me to nurture my love for children, especially those with special needs, as I contribute to creating enriching experiences. Committed to making a positive impact on both academic and healthcare fronts, I'm enthusiastically anticipating the exciting journey ahead.

Education

The University of Texas at El Paso

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

The University of Texas at El Paso

Bachelor's degree program
2019 - 2022
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other

El Paso Community College

Associate's degree program
2016 - 2018
  • Majors:
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

    -
  • Transfer schools of interest:

    -
  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants
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  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Nurse Practitioner

    • Freelance Makeup Artist

      Makeup by Mariangela
      2018 – Present6 years
    • Remote STEM Tutor

      Tutorpeers
      2023 – Present1 year

    Research

    • Physics

      NICE2 Laboratory at the University of Texas at El PasoUndergraduate Researcher
      2021 – 2023

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Centro Cristiano Vida Nueva1st Chair Pianist
      2018 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Animal Rescue League of El PasoVolunteer
      2021 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor SocietyActive Member
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor SocietyVice President
      2023 – 2024
    • Volunteering

      University of Texas Pre-Pharmacy OrganizationHistorian
      2019 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Sunny Farms Therapeutic HorsemanshipCamp Counselor
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor SocietyHistorian
      2022 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Natalie Joy Poremski Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. My dedication to aiding and supporting others extends beyond my current abilities to my future nursing profession. Deeply committed to integrating my faith into healthcare, I prioritize delivering high-quality patient care with diligence, empathy, and compassion, guided by strong pro-life values. My lifelong relationship with the Lord inspired me to volunteer as a pianist at my local church many years ago, where I grew from a timid high school student into a confident, diligent individual. Serving my church community, fellow brothers and sisters, and God himself has cemented my desire to prioritize serving others in my career. My commitment to serving others eventually led me to pursue a healthcare career. Initially aspiring to be a physician, I sought clinical experience through volunteering. During the pandemic and a surge of needy migrants in the borderland region, I witnessed the impact of free clinics providing essential healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents and migrants. Volunteering provided me with the opportunity to assist diverse individuals, but the most impactful experience was when one day, a migrant family, a woman, and her two children, arrived at the clinic seeking help. Both children had intense fevers from their harsh journey from Guatemala. While assisting with triage, the woman, upon realizing I spoke Spanish, approached me in distress. Tearfully, she explained her husband's detention and their urgent need for shelter. Despite feeling overwhelmed, I listened empathetically and assured her of my assistance, trusting that the Lord would provide a way for her family's safety. Together, we contacted migrant resources in the area, prioritizing her input throughout the process. Through the collective kindness of others, this family secured proper healthcare and shelter accommodation and found a seed of faith. These experiences have deeply ingrained in me the enduring humanity amidst the challenges of our world, fostering humility and compassion, and strengthening my dedication to serving those in need within my community. Through these experiences, I not only contributed to the betterment of many individuals but also gained insight into the dynamics of a healthcare team. Although I initially aspired to become a physician, my desire for direct patient interaction led me to pursue nursing instead. The recent loss of my beloved grandmother, Tita, further solidified this ambition, as I witnessed the compassionate care she received from nurses in her final days. I wish to be that source of empathy for others, providing strength and support regardless of their circumstances. My immediate goal is to become a registered nurse upon graduating and passing the NCLEX exam. I am committed to remaining in the borderland region, particularly El Paso, where my family found a warm welcome upon immigrating from Mexico 15 years ago. Recognizing the pressing need for healthcare workers in this area, I aim to have a meaningful impact by enhancing the wellness and health of individuals in my community. Additionally, I aspire to uphold my faith and advocate for all life through providing high-quality prenatal, maternal, newborn, and infant care. I am particularly passionate about specializing in neonatal care and becoming a top-tier nurse in the NICU, where I can support infants and their families during their most vulnerable and challenging times. I believe I am a deserving candidate for the Natalie Joy Poremski Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to faith, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a nursing career. This scholarship would allow me to advance my nursing education, accomplish my career objectives, and continue contributing to humanity.
    Grandmaster Nam K Hyong Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, a current student at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. My commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse, is unwavering despite the challenges I've faced. Through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care, I aim to contribute meaningfully to the healthcare community. My journey to the United States began when I was only eight years old. While my childhood in Mexico is filled with cherished memories of a loving family, festive gatherings at my Abuela’s house, and the delicious street corn my Tia would buy for me, it was also overshadowed by the dire circumstances we faced. Despite significant poverty, my parents always managed to provide a sense of comfort. However, escalating gang and cartel violence in 2008, including extortions, kidnappings, and homicides, prompted our move to the United States, especially after my grandfather was extorted by his own taxi cab driver. The United States, in contrast to the violent social climate of Mexico, offered prosperity and security for my family. Moving to this country was extremely difficult as a child. For reasons unknown to me at the time, we had to part with all of our belongings, bid farewell to all of our friends and family, and move to a place where I didn’t even know the language. The culture shock was prominent. However, instead of dwelling on what was left behind, I looked towards what was in front of me. Learning English, adapting to American customs, and becoming a top-ranking student, I was certain I was on the path towards success as a future professional. I diligently worked throughout elementary, middle, and high school, even graduating in the top 2.0% of my class. Regarding my journey to a career, I consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the medical profession. However, my path did not initially lead to nursing. My original intent was to pursue a major in biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist (PharmD). The first two years of my undergraduate journey were dedicated to excelling as a candidate for pharmacy school, learning about the realities and challenges of the profession. Despite these valuable insights, I found myself yearning for a more direct and personal connection with patients. Recognizing the need for a deeper connection with patients, I shifted my career goals towards becoming a physician. The desire for meaningful interaction and a direct, positive impact on patients' lives motivated this shift. Joining the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society facilitated my exploration, and transformative volunteering opportunities, especially volunteering at the local free clinics. These clinics provided essential healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents and extended aid to migrants lacking access to basic services. My volunteer work at these clinics enabled me to assist various individuals, from an elderly man receiving vision screening to correct his nearsightedness to a diabetic patient who had mistaken their symptoms for COVID-19. One day, a migrant family, a woman, and her two young children, sought help at the clinic. Both children were suffering from intense fevers due to the harsh journey from Guatemala. While assisting with triage, the woman, realizing I spoke Spanish, approached me in distress. Tearfully, she explained her husband's detention and their desperate need for shelter. Despite feeling overwhelmed, I listened empathetically and assured her of my assistance; she stood at a place I was once at. Together, we contacted migrant resources in the area, prioritizing her input throughout the process. Through collective kindness, this family not only secured proper healthcare but also accommodation at a nearby women's shelter. Such experiences have deeply ingrained in me a sense of humility and compassion, strengthening my dedication to serving those in need within my community. Surprisingly, these experiences did not strengthen my drive to become a physician; instead, they led me to consider the role of a nurse. Witnessing the hands-on, direct involvement with patient well-being and care became the defining quality of a healthcare professional that I had been seeking throughout my journey. My decision to become a nurse was also strongly shaped by a deeply personal experience. In 2021, my grandma, Tita, battled a resurgence of hepatocellular carcinoma, and I became an integral part of her support team. This period provided a humbling perspective on both sides of the healthcare system, that of the healthcare provider and the patient. While experiences vary, our interactions with the doctors responsible for Tita's diagnosis were notably disconnected. The doctors seemed to project an artificial presence, lacking essential humanity, leading to disheartening experiences. However, nurses provided solace and humanity, particularly during Tita's final days. Last year, Tita's health took a sharp decline, necessitating regular visits to the ER. During this challenging period, nurses went beyond addressing her health needs; they provided solace and humanity. However, it was in Tita’s final days that she found tranquility and comfort in the nurses' care. Their profound concern for her as a person, rather than merely as an ailment, made a lasting impression. The moment my beloved Tita took her last breath became pivotal in inspiring me to realize my purpose: to provide care, empathy, support, and relief to those in similarly vulnerable situations. Thus, the decision to become a nurse was solidified. Acknowledging this significant shift in my aspirations, my current aim is to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role that nurses play in ensuring the welfare of patients and their families. I hope to become a registered nurse after graduating and passing the NCLEX exam. I am committed to staying within the borderland region, particularly El Paso, where my family was warmly welcomed upon immigrating from Mexico 15 years ago. Recognizing the urgent need for healthcare workers in this area, I aim to make a meaningful impact by improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. As I gain experience, I aspire to volunteer at free clinics and healthcare fairs, and serve others within my community as I once did in my undergraduate years. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Grandmaster Nam K Hyong Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    My name is Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. From my earliest days as a student, I have been aware of my calling to aid and uplift others in my community. This commitment drives me to contribute to the healthcare and wellness of my fellow El Pasoans through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. My journey towards a career in the medical field has been a journey of continuous effort and dedication. Originally, my ambition was to become a primary care physician, and I dedicated much of my recent years to honing my abilities and qualifications as a medical school applicant. Seeking opportunities to immerse myself in the clinical setting, I eagerly shadowed and observed other physicians and healthcare professionals to gain invaluable insight into the medical field. However, it was during this period of seeking opportunities that I found myself in a region grappling with critical levels of the pandemic and a surge of needy migrants. Witnessing the pressing healthcare needs of my community, I became deeply involved in volunteering at free clinics like HOLA Homeless Clinic and La Clinica. These clinics not only provided essential healthcare services to low-income, uninsured residents of El Paso but also extended their care to migrants who lacked access to healthcare in their home countries. Through these experiences, I encountered stories of resilience and hardship that instilled within me a profound sense of humility and compassion. These encounters reinforced my commitment to providing care and compassion to those in my community who are most in need. In serving at these clinics, I had the privilege of assisting individuals, families, and children on their journey to improved well-being. These experiences also offered me valuable insights into the dynamics and roles of a healthcare team. While my initial ambition was to pursue a career as a primary care physician, my desire to engage directly with patients and provide hands-on care led me to reconsider my path. I came to realize that nurses play an equally vital role in enhancing patient well-being, offering a more personal and direct delivery of care that resonated deeply with me. The recent loss of my beloved grandmother, Tita, underscored the significance of nursing in my life. Witnessing the care and compassion she received from nurses during her final days further solidified my determination to become a source of comfort and support for others in my future career as a nurse. My primary goal is to become a registered nurse after completing my studies. I am committed to remaining in the borderland region, particularly El Paso, as it holds a special place in my heart. This is where my family found solace and acceptance when we immigrated from Mexico 15 years ago. Recognizing the urgent need for nurses in this region, I am driven to make a tangible impact by addressing this need and improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. Looking ahead, I aspire to continue giving back through volunteering and extending my assistance to those in need, especially through free clinics or healthcare fairs. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the TEAM ROX Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I firmly believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education, successfully achieve my goals, and uplift others to be their best.
    Deborah Stevens Pediatric Nursing Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, a dedicated student at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing, deeply committed to serving my community both now and in the future as a pediatric nurse. I am driven by a profound desire to contribute to the healthcare and well-being of my fellow El Pasoans through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. My journey towards a career in the medical field has been marked by perseverance and a commitment to learning. Originally aspiring to become a primary care physician, I dedicated significant time and effort to building my qualifications as a medical school applicant. Seeking opportunities to shadow and observe healthcare professionals, I aimed to gain insight into the medical field. However, as I pursued these opportunities, the borderland region faced critical levels of the pandemic and a surge of needy migrants requiring urgent care and attention. In response, free clinics like HOLA Homeless Clinic and La Clinica were established, providing essential healthcare services to low-income, uninsured residents and migrants. Volunteering at these clinics, I was humbled by the stories of those I helped, and a sense of compassion was instilled within me, motivating me to continue serving those in need within my community. Through these experiences, I gained valuable insights into the dynamics of healthcare teams and the importance of direct patient care. While initially drawn to the autonomy and leadership roles of primary care physicians, my desire to have a more active and hands-on role in patient care led me to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that nurses play a crucial role in improving patient well-being, providing compassion and support at a personal level. The recent loss of my beloved grandmother, Tita, further solidified my decision to pursue nursing, as I witnessed firsthand the care and love she received from nurses during her final days. My perspective on nursing sharpened further when I volunteered at a children's therapeutic horsemanship program this past year. Working primarily with children and adolescents with special needs, I was deeply moved by the improvements in health and confidence in these young patients from my contributions to their care. This experience solidified my desire to focus on pediatric nursing and contribute to the well-being of children in my community. My short-term goal is to become a registered nurse upon graduation and passing the NCLEX exam. I am committed to remaining in the borderland region, especially El Paso, which welcomed my family when we immigrated from Mexico 15 years ago. Recognizing the urgent need for healthcare workers, especially pediatric nurses, in this area, I aim to make a meaningful impact by improving the wellness and health of children in my community. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Deborah Stevens Pediatric Nursing Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education, successfully achieve my career goals, and give back to the community of El Paso.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    As a student enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing, my commitment to aiding and supporting others in my community is deeply ingrained. I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I recognize the significance of utilizing my abilities, both as a current student and as a future nurse, to contribute to the healthcare and wellness of my fellow El Pasoans. With a steadfast resolve to provide diligent, empathetic, and high-quality patient care, I aspire to make a meaningful impact throughout my life. My journey toward a career in the medical field has been marked by a desire to serve. Originally aspiring to become a primary care physician, I dedicated the last few years to building my qualifications as a medical school applicant. However, it was during this time, amidst the critical levels of the pandemic and the surge of migrants in the borderland region, that I found myself drawn to clinical volunteering. The establishment of free clinics across the city to address the healthcare needs of low-income, uninsured residents and migrants presented an opportunity for me to contribute. Volunteering at these clinics not only allowed me to provide care to those in need but also instilled in me a sense of humility and compassion, reinforcing my commitment to community service. Through these experiences, I not only contributed to the well-being of many individuals but also gained insights into the dynamics and roles of healthcare teams. It became evident to me that the hands-on, active roles of nurses resonated deeply with my aspirations. The passing of my beloved grandmother, affectionately known as Tita, further affirmed my decision to pursue nursing, a profession devoted to caring for others. Witnessing the compassionate care she received from nurses during her final days inspired me to become a source of comfort and support for others in similar situations. My immediate goal is to become a registered nurse and remain in the borderland region, particularly in El Paso, TX. This community welcomed my family with open arms when we immigrated from Mexico 15 years ago, and I am committed to giving back to a region that is in dire need of healthcare workers. I aim to make a tangible difference by improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. As I gain experience and financial stability, I aspire to extend my assistance through volunteer work, particularly at free clinics or healthcare fairs, where I can provide much-needed care to those who cannot afford it. Looking ahead, my long-term goal is to contribute to the growth and establishment of free clinics in El Paso, ensuring that essential healthcare services are accessible to all. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for this scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to improve my community. I believe that the Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship will not only enable me to further my nursing education but also empower me to achieve my career goals and make a meaningful difference in the community of El Paso.
    Dreamers Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. My unwavering dedication to serving my community has driven me to become a nurse. Encountering academic challenges, financial strain, and social difficulties a non-citizen in the pursuit of a higher education has revealed harsh realities, yet these experiences have empowered me, serving as catalysts toward achieving my degree and future success. In navigating academic challenges, I have transformed obstacles into valuable lessons for personal growth. As the first in my family to pursue higher education, I navigated the path with limited guidance, fostering self-reliance. In spite of these circumstances, a strong sense of independence has been established and fostered initiative throughout my academic career. i have not only been a standout student, but am also heavily involved in my community, clinical volunteering, self-employed tutoring, and so much more. While my family provides unwavering support, I recognize limitations as a foreigner, especially with social capital. Unlike peers with academic family backgrounds, my family lacks professional connections, which is evident in healthcare where familial ties often provide professional advantages. Understanding the importance of connections in this field, I have built a professional network, forming meaningful connections with professors, classmates, advisors, doctors, and many healthcare professionals. Although I had to go above and beyond to seek this network, I have been provided with helpful mentorship, insights into my career, and genuine professional relationships. Being a first-generation college student equally demands great resilience. Although I may seem as an impenetrable student, my mental health remains an aspect that has been greatly affected by the circumstances I am in. From mental health stigma in my ethnic community, to uncertain political strife, to decisions that impact my daily life, I am under a constant dread and anxiety since my life in this country remains unstable due to my lack of citizenship. Recognizing a general anxiety disorder, I’ve turned my struggles into advocacy, combating mental health stigma in my cultural community. Imposter syndrome has become a significant battle. After acknowledging these issues, I have become my advocate, fostering self-confidence that positively impacts my productivity, achievements, and overall life. Unfortunately in my circumstances, the pursuit of higher education faces very significant challenges without the adequate finances. My family immigrated from Mexico, fleeing from gang violence and poverty, and we have found more economic success in the U.S. Even so, we are of a low socioeconomic background compared to U.S. citizens. Limited financial support, especially during a nationwide recession, makes nursing school costs challenging. Due to this, I am actively seeking resources beyond basic financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. Similarly, my parents’ long working hours have made me a homemaker, preventing the pursuit of a traditional job. Being a self-employed STEM tutor has provided some relief, but I have yet to gain financial independence from this employment. I am certain that the monetary aid from receiving this scholarship will eliminate that barrier and push me further to accomplishing my goals. My experiences as a non-citizen U.S. student have been integrated into my journey to become a nurse. My commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and unwavering motivation make me a deserving candidate for the Dreamers Scholarship. I am confident that this scholarship will provide the opportunity to advance my nursing education and bring me closer to realizing my career goals.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. In my academic journey, I consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the medical profession. However, my path did not initially lead to nursing. My original intent was to pursue a major in biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist (PharmD). My first two years of my undergraduate journey were dedicated to excelling as a candidate for pharmacy school. This involved learning about the realities and challenges of the pharmacist profession, and how to become a suitable candidate. Despite these activities providing valuable insights, I found myself yearning for a more direct and personal connection with patients. Recognizing the need for a more profound connection with patients, I shifted my career goals towards becoming a physician. The desire for a meaningful interaction and a direct, positive impact on patients' lives motivated this shift. Joining the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society facilitated my exploration, and the transformative volunteering opportunities it offered, such as participating in local free clinics and health fairs, provided invaluable firsthand insight into healthcare team dynamics. Surprisingly, these experiences did not strengthen my drive to become a physician; instead, they lead me to consider the role of a nurse. Witnessing the hands-on, direct involvement with patient well-being and care became the defining quality of a healthcare professional that I had been seeking throughout my journey. My decision to become a nurse was strongly shaped by a deeply personal experience. In 2021, my grandma, Tita, battled a resurgence of hepatocellular carcinoma, and I became an integral part of her support team. This period provided a humbling perspective on both sides of the healthcare system, that of the healthcare provider and the patient. While I acknowledge that experiences vary, our interactions with the doctors responsible for Tita's diagnosis were notably disconnected. The doctors seemed to project an artificial presence, lacking essential humanity, leading to disheartening experiences of reprimands instead of comfort. Last December, Tita's health took a sharp decline, necessitating regular visits to the ER. During this challenging period, nurses went beyond addressing her health needs; they provided solace and humanity. However, it was in Tita’s final days that she found tranquility and comfort in the nurses' care. Their profound concern for her as a person, rather than merely as an ailment, made a lasting impression. The moment my beloved Tita took her last breath became pivotal, inspiring me to realize my purpose: to provide care, empathy, support, and relief to those in similarly vulnerable situations. Thus, the decision to become a nurse was solidified. Acknowledging this significant shift in my aspirations, I made the decision to return to school with the intention of studying nursing. My aim is to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role that nurses play in ensuring the welfare of patients and their families. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. During the past three years, I have navigated a pre-medical path, largely on my own. Initially aspiring to become a physician, I undertook the necessary steps to understand the medical profession and the essentials to matriculate into medical school. Of course, this journey became difficult to navigate as my resources were very limited as a first-generation Mexican immigrant, with a limited network in the medical field. This lack of professional capital prompted my involvement in a local pre-medical organization, which provided me with the necessary assets to succeed in a career in healthcare that I was not able to attain on my own. Eventually becoming the Vice President of this organization, I volunteered at local free clinics, which provided firsthand insight into the dynamics of a healthcare team. During this experience, I resonated more with the role of a nurse than that of a physician. It became clear that a nurse significantly contributes to patient well-being in an active, hands-on manner, which was exactly what I had been seeking throughout my journey. Recognizing this shift, I decided to return to school to study nursing. My goal is to attain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role nurses play in ensuring patient welfare. The pursuit of my nursing education faces significant challenges without adequate finances. My family immigrated from Mexico, fleeing from gang violence and poverty, and despite better economic opportunities in the U.S., we remain in a low socioeconomic background. Limited financial support, especially during a nationwide recession, makes nursing school costs challenging. Due to this, I am actively seeking resources beyond basic financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. Similarly, my parents’ long working hours have made me the primary homemaker, preventing the pursuit of a traditional job. Being a self-employed STEM tutor has provided some relief, but I have yet to gain financial independence from this employment. Hopefully, with your aid, upon completing my nursing degree, my primary objective is to successfully pass the NCLEX Exam and attain the status of a registered nurse. My aspiration is to contribute to the healthcare landscape in El Paso, Texas, or any nearby town within the Borderland Area, a region I have called home for the past 15 years and one that is notably medically underserved, further emphasizing the need for my nursing services. I firmly believe that healthcare professionals play a pivotal role in community well-being, and as such, I am determined to work for the University Medical Center of El Paso. Should this opportunity not arise, I am open to serving at a local hospital or clinic that aligns with my goals. Regardless of the specific institution, my intention is to remain within El Paso County, ensuring that my contributions directly benefit the local community. I also plan to continue my community involvement through volunteering at the same local free clinics. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for Friends of Ohm Labs Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    Friends of Ohm Labs Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. During the past three years, I have navigated a pre-medical path. Initially aspiring to a healthcare career with leadership and autonomy, my original goal was to become a physician. Throughout this period, I undertook the necessary steps to understand the medical profession, the qualities of a prospective medical student, the training involved, and the essential steps to secure a spot in medical school. This journey became difficult at one point, prompting my involvement in the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society at TTUHSC El Paso. Eventually becoming the Vice President of this organization, I volunteered at local free clinics, which provided firsthand insight into the dynamics of a healthcare team. During this experience, I resonated more with the role of a nurse than that of a physician. It became clear that a nurse significantly contributes to patient well-being in an active, hands-on manner, which was exactly what I had been seeking throughout my journey. Recognizing this shift, I decided to return to school to study nursing. My goal is to attain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role nurses play in ensuring patient welfare. The pursuit of my nursing education faces significant challenges without adequate finances. My family immigrated from Mexico, fleeing from gang violence and poverty, and despite better economic opportunities in the U.S., we remain in a low socioeconomic background. Limited financial support, especially during a nationwide recession, makes nursing school costs challenging. Due to this, I am actively seeking resources beyond basic financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. Similarly, my parents’ long working hours have made me the primary homemaker, preventing the pursuit of a traditional job. Being a self-employed STEM tutor has provided some relief, but I have yet to gain financial independence from this employment. Hopefully, with your aid, upon completing my nursing degree, my primary objective is to successfully pass the NCLEX Exam on my initial attempt, as I am confident in my competence, and promptly attain the status of a registered nurse. My aspiration is to contribute to the healthcare landscape in El Paso, Texas, or any nearby town within the Borderland Area, a region I have called home for the past 15 years and one that is notably medically underserved, further emphasizing the need for my nursing services. I firmly believe that healthcare professionals play a pivotal role in community well-being, and as such, I am determined to work for the University Medical Center of El Paso. Should this opportunity not arise, I am open to serving at a local hospital or clinic that aligns with my goals. Regardless of the specific institution, my intention is to remain within El Paso County, ensuring that my contributions directly benefit the local community. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for Friends of Ohm Labs Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    Ward Green Scholarship for the Arts & Sciences
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in my community through my abilities, now as a student, and in the future, as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare and wellness of my fellow El Pasoans through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. I have strived and worked for a career in the medical field for many years now. Originally, my goal was to become a primary care physician, and so I spent the majority the last couple of years my abilities and qualifications as a medical school applicant. I originally sought out access to a clinical setting to shadow and observe other physicians and healthcare professionals to gain insight into the medical field. It was at this time that I was seeking these opportunities that the borderland region was experiencing the pandemic at very critical levels, but also a surge of migrants that required just as much care and attention. These predicaments brought about the establishing of many free clinics throughout the city, which not only emphasized providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents of El Paso, but also migrants who had little to no healthcare themselves back at home. Volunteering at the clinics and aiding these patients has established further humility and compassion that encourages me to continue providing this care and compassion to those in my community that are in great need of it. It was through these various experiences that I was able to help individuals, families, children, to a better wellbeing, but also experienced the dynamics and roles of a healthcare team. Originally intent on becoming a physician, my desire to help and interact with my patients first-hand and at a much more active level changed my trajectory to become a nurse instead. I believe nurses are just as important as physicians in improving the wellbeing of a patient, but their role involves a more direct delivery of care that I resonated with deeply. The loss of my beloved grandmother, Tita, further solidified this ambition of mine through being affected personally by the care and love she experienced from the nurses that tended to her in her final days, and so I wish to be that source of compassion for others in my career. My short-term goal is to become a registered nurse after graduating and passing the NCLEX exam. I am keen on staying within the borderland region, especially El Paso, TX., as this was the town that so openly embraced my family when we immigrated from Mexico 15 years ago, but is also an area of dire need for healthcare workers, especially nurses. I hope to make an impact in this region through alleviating this need for nurses and thus improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. When I have achieved a level of financial independence and gained the proper experience, I would also like to extend my aid through volunteering as a nurse at no cost to patients in need. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Ward Green Scholarship for the Arts & Sciences due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education, successfully achieve my career goals, and give back to the community of El Paso.
    Lester and Coque Gibson Community Service Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in my community through my capabilities, as a current student and as a future nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare and wellness of my fellow El Pasoans through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. I have strived for a career in the medical field for many years now. Originally, my goal was to become a primary care physician, and so I spent the the last couple of years on my qualifications as a medical school applicant. It was at this time when I was seeking clinical volunteering that the borderland region was experiencing the pandemic at very critical levels, and facing a surge of migrants that required just as much care and attention. These predicaments brought about the establishing of many free clinics throughout the city, which not only emphasized providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents of El Paso, but also migrants who had little to no healthcare themselves back at home. Volunteering at these clinics and aiding those patients has instilled humility and compassion that encourages me to continue providing this care and compassion to those in my community. It was through these various experiences that I was able to help many individuals to a better wellbeing, but also experienced the dynamics and roles of a healthcare team. My trajectory shifted to the nursing profession as a I resonated deeply with the hands-on, active roles of nurses. The loss of my beloved Tita, my grandmother, further solidified this ambition of mine through personally seeing the care and love she experienced from the nurses that tended to her in her final days. I want to be that source of compassion for others. My short-term goal is to become a registered nurse and staying within the borderland region, especially El Paso, TX. It was this town that so openly embraced my family when we immigrated from Mexico 15 years ago, but is also in dire need for healthcare workers. I hope to make an impact in this region through improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. When I have achieved a level of financial independence and gained enough experience, I would also like to extend my aid through volunteering, especially through the free clinics or healthcare fairs at no cost to those in need. As for long-term goals, I would like to contribute to the growth and establishment of free clinics in El Paso. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the this scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to improve my community. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education, successfully achieve my career goals, and give back to the community of El Paso.
    Text-Em-All Founders Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in my community through my abilities, now as a student, and in the future, as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare and wellness of my fellow El Pasoans through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. I have strived and worked for a career in the medical field for many years now. Originally, my goal was to become a primary care physician, and so I spent the majority the last couple of years my abilities and qualifications as a medical school applicant. I originally sought out access to a clinical setting to shadow and observe other physicians and healthcare professionals to gain insight into the medical field. It was at this time that I was seeking these opportunities that the borderland region was experiencing the pandemic at very critical levels, but also a surge of needy migrants that required just as much care and attention as we are all human. These predicaments brought about the establishing of many free clinics throughout the city, which not only emphasized providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents of El Paso, but also migrants who had little to no healthcare themselves back at home. Volunteering at the clinics and aiding these patients has established further humility and compassion that encourages me to continue providing this care and compassion to those in my community that are in great need of it. It was through these various experiences that I was able to help individuals, families, children, to a better wellbeing, but also experienced the dynamics and roles of a healthcare team. Originally intent on becoming a physician, my desire to help and interact with my patients first-hand and at a much more active level changed my trajectory to become a nurse instead. I believe nurses are just as important as physicians in improving the wellbeing of a patient, but their role involves a more direct delivery of care that I resonated with deeply. The loss of my beloved grandmother, Tita, further solidified this ambition of mine through being affected personally by the care and love she experienced from the nurses that tended to her in her final days, and so I wish to be that source of compassion for others in my future career. My short-term goal is to become a registered nurse after graduating and passing the NCLEX exam. I am keen on staying within the borderland region, especially El Paso, TX., as this was the town that so openly embraced my family when we immigrated from Mexico 15 years ago, but is also an area of dire need for healthcare workers, especially nurses. I hope to make an impact in this region through alleviating this need for nurses and thus improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. When I have achieved a level of financial independence and gained the proper experience, I would also like to extend my aid through volunteering as a nurse at no cost to patients in need. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Text-Em-All Founders Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education, successfully achieve my career goals, and give back to the community of El Paso.
    Noble E. Gagucas Nursing Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. Throughout the entirety of my academic journey, I have displayed fondness for the medical field. During these past three years, I navigated my pre-medical path. Initially aspiring to a healthcare career with an emphasis on autonomy, my original goal was to become a physician. Throughout this period, I undertook the necessary steps to understand the medical profession and steps to matriculate into medical school. This journey became difficult at one point, prompting my involvement in the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society at TTUHSC El Paso. Eventually becoming the Vice President of this organization, I volunteered at local free clinics, which provided firsthand insight into the dynamics of a healthcare team. During this experience, I resonated more with the role of a nurse than that of a physician. It became clear that a nurse significantly contributes to patient well-being in an active, hands-on manner, which was exactly what I had been seeking throughout my journey. Recognizing this shift, I decided to return to school, despite recently completing a degree, to study nursing. My goal is to attain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role nurses play in ensuring patient welfare. The pursuit of my nursing education faces significant challenges without adequate finances. My family immigrated from Mexico, fleeing from gang violence and poverty, and despite economic opportunities in the U.S., we are of a low socioeconomic background. Limited financial support, especially during a nationwide recession, makes nursing school costs challenging. Due to this, I am actively seeking resources beyond basic financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. Similarly, my parents’ long working hours have made me a homemaker, preventing the pursuit of a traditional job. Being a self-employed STEM tutor has provided some relief, but I have yet to gain financial independence from this employment. Hopefully, with your aid, upon completing my nursing degree, my primary objective is to successfully pass the NCLEX Exam on my initial attempt, as I am confident in my competence, and promptly attain the status of a registered nurse. My aspiration is to contribute to the healthcare landscape in El Paso, Texas, or any nearby town within the Borderland Area, a region I have called home for the past 15 years and one that is notably medically underserved, further emphasizing the need for my nursing services. I firmly believe that healthcare professionals play a pivotal role in community well-being, and as such, I am determined to work for the University Medical Center of El Paso. This hospital holds personal significance to me and I aspire to reciprocate by offering my assistance to the patients of this institution. Regardless of the specific institution I an employed at after I graduate, my intention is to remain within El Paso County, ensuring that my contributions directly benefit the community. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for Noble E. Gagucas Nursing Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    FAR Impact Scholarship
    Winner
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in my community through my current abilities and future career as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare and wellness of my fellow El Pasoans through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. For years, I've been committed to pursuing a career in the medical field, initially aspiring to become a physician. To improve my qualifications, I actively sought opportunities to immerse myself in clinical settings through volunteering. It was during this time, amidst a critical pandemic and a surge of needy migrants in the borderland region, that I witnessed the impact of free clinics. These clinics provided essential healthcare to low-income, uninsured residents and extended aid to migrants lacking access to basic services. My volunteer work at these clinics enabled me to assist various individuals, from an elderly man receiving vision screening to correct his nearsightedness to a diabetic patient who had mistaken their symptoms for COVID-19. It was one day that a migrant family, a woman, and her two young children, sought help at the clinic. Both children were suffering from intense fevers due to the harsh journey from Guatemala. While assisting with triage, the woman, realizing I spoke Spanish, approached me in distress. She tearfully explained her husband's detention and their desperate need for shelter and communication. Despite feeling overwhelmed, I listened empathetically and assured her of my assistance. Together, we contacted migrant resources in the area, prioritizing her input throughout the process. Through the collective kindness of others, this family not only secured proper healthcare but also accommodation at a nearby women's shelter. Experiences like these have deeply ingrained in me a sense of humility and compassion, which strengthens my dedication to serving those in need within my community. Through these experiences, I not only contributed to the betterment of many individuals but also gained insight into the dynamics of a healthcare team. Despite my initial aspiration to become a physician, my desire for direct patient interaction and active involvement in patient care led me to pursue nursing instead. The loss of my beloved grandmother, my Tita, a couple of months ago further solidified this ambition of mine by experiencing firsthand the care and love she received from the nurses who tended to her in her final days, and how their kindness allowed for a peaceful passing of her spirit. I wish to be that source of compassion for others throughout my lifetime, and especially in my career. My short-term goal is to become a registered nurse after graduating and passing the NCLEX exam. I am committed to staying within the borderland region, particularly El Paso, where my family was warmly welcomed upon immigrating from Mexico 15 years ago. Recognizing the urgent need for healthcare workers in this area, I aim to make a meaningful impact by improving the wellness and health of individuals in my community. As I gain experience, I aspire to volunteer at free clinics and healthcare fairs, and serve others within my community as I once did in my undergraduate years. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the FAR Impact Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. This scholarship would provide me with the opportunity to advance my nursing education, achieve my career goals, and continue giving back to the community of El Paso.
    Eric Maurice Brandon Memorial Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. In my academic journey, I consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the medical profession. However, my path did not initially lead to nursing. My original intent was to pursue a major in biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist (PharmD). My first two years of my undergraduate journey were dedicated to excelling as a candidate for pharmacy school. This involved learning about the realities and challenges of the pharmacist profession, and how to become a suitable candidate. Despite these activities providing valuable insights, I found myself yearning for a more direct and personal connection with patients. Recognizing the need for a more profound connection with patients, I shifted my career goals towards becoming a physician. The desire for a meaningful interaction and a direct, positive impact on patients' lives motivated this shift. Joining the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society facilitated my exploration, and the transformative volunteering opportunities it offered, such as participating in local free clinics and health fairs, provided invaluable firsthand insight into healthcare team dynamics. Surprisingly, these experiences did not strengthen my drive to become a physician; instead, they lead me to consider the role of a nurse. Witnessing the hands-on, direct involvement with patient well-being and care became the defining quality of a healthcare professional that I had been seeking throughout my journey. My decision to become a nurse was strongly shaped by a deeply personal experience. In 2021, my grandma, Tita, battled a resurgence of hepatocellular carcinoma, and I became an integral part of her support team. This period provided a humbling perspective on both sides of the healthcare system, that of the healthcare provider and the patient. While I acknowledge that experiences vary, our interactions with the doctors responsible for Tita's diagnosis were notably disconnected. The doctors seemed to project an artificial presence, lacking essential humanity, leading to disheartening experiences of reprimands instead of comfort. After my graduation last December, Tita's health took a sharp decline, necessitating regular visits to the ER. During this challenging period, nurses went beyond addressing her health needs; they provided solace and humanity. However, it was in Tita’s final days that she found tranquility and comfort in the nurses' care. Their profound concern for her as a person, rather than merely as an ailment, made a lasting impression. The moment my beloved Tita took her last breath became pivotal, inspiring me to realize my purpose: to provide care, empathy, support, and relief to those in similarly vulnerable situations. Thus, the decision to become a nurse was solidified. Acknowledging this significant shift in my aspirations, I made the decision to return to school, despite recently completing a degree, with the intention of studying nursing. My aim is to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role that nurses play in ensuring the welfare of patients and their families. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Eric Maurice Brandon Memorial Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    Pangeta & Ivory Nursing Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others as a future nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. In my academic journey, I consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the medical profession. However, my path did not initially lead to nursing. My original intent was to pursue a major in biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist (PharmD). My first two years of my undergraduate journey were dedicated to excelling as a candidate for pharmacy school. This involved learning about the realities and challenges of the pharmacist profession, and how to become a suitable candidate. Despite these activities providing valuable insights, I found myself yearning for a more direct and personal connection with patients. Recognizing the need for a more profound connection with patients, I shifted my career goals towards becoming a physician. The desire for a meaningful interaction and a direct, positive impact on patients' lives motivated this shift. Joining the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society facilitated my exploration, and the transformative volunteering opportunities it offered, such as participating in local free clinics and health fairs, provided invaluable firsthand insight into healthcare team dynamics. Surprisingly, these experiences did not strengthen my drive to become a physician; instead, they lead me to consider the role of a nurse. Witnessing the hands-on, direct involvement with patient well-being and care became the defining quality of a healthcare professional that I had been seeking throughout my journey. My decision to become a nurse was strongly shaped by a deeply personal experience. In 2021, my grandma, Tita, battled a resurgence of hepatocellular carcinoma, and I became an integral part of her support team. This period provided a humbling perspective on both sides of the healthcare system, that of the healthcare provider and the patient. While I acknowledge that experiences vary, our interactions with the doctors responsible for Tita's diagnosis were notably disconnected. The doctors seemed to project an artificial presence, lacking essential humanity, leading to disheartening experiences of reprimands instead of comfort. After my graduation last December, Tita's health took a sharp decline, necessitating regular visits to the ER. During this challenging period, nurses went beyond addressing her health needs; they provided solace and humanity. However, it was in Tita’s final days that she found tranquility and comfort in the nurses' care. Their profound concern for her as a person, rather than merely as an ailment, made a lasting impression. The moment my beloved Tita took her last breath became pivotal, inspiring me to realize my purpose: to provide care, empathy, support, and relief to those in similarly vulnerable situations. Thus, the decision to become a nurse was solidified. Acknowledging this significant shift in my aspirations, I made the decision to return to school, despite recently completing a degree, with the intention of studying nursing. My aim is to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role that nurses play in ensuring the welfare of patients and their families. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Pangeta & Ivory Nursing Scholarship based on my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.
    Caminos de Éxito: The Jose Prado Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. My unwavering dedication to serving my community has driven me to become a nurse. Encountering academic challenges, financial strain, and social difficulties as the first in my family to pursue higher education has revealed harsh realities, yet these experiences have empowered me, serving as catalysts toward achieving my degree and future success. In navigating academic challenges, I have transformed obstacles into valuable lessons for personal growth. As the first in my family to pursue higher education, I navigated the path with limited guidance, thus fostering self-reliance. Despite these circumstances, they have cultivated a strong sense of independence, which has fostered initiative throughout my academic career. While my family provides unwavering support, I recognize academic limitations, especially in social capital. Unlike peers with academic family backgrounds, my family lacks professional connections, which is evident in healthcare where family ties often provide advantages. Understanding the importance of connections in this field, I have built a professional network, forming meaningful connections with professors, classmates, advisors, doctors, and healthcare professionals. This network provides insights into my career and genuine friendships, compensating for the absence of familial connections in the competitive healthcare field. The pursuit of higher education faces significant challenges without adequate finances. My family immigrated from Mexico, fleeing from gang violence and poverty, and despite economic opportunities in the U.S., we are of a low socioeconomic background. Limited financial support, especially during a nationwide recession, makes nursing school costs challenging. Due to this, I am actively seeking resources beyond basic financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. Similarly, my parents’ long working hours have made me a homemaker, preventing the pursuit of a traditional job. Being a self-employed STEM tutor has provided some relief, but I have yet to gain financial independence from this employment. Being a first-generation college student demands resilience, as one’s spirit is greatly affected. Achieving academic milestones as the first in my family has strained my mental health. Recognizing an undiagnosed general anxiety disorder, I’ve turned my struggles into advocacy, combating mental health stigma in my cultural community. Imposter syndrome has become a significant battle. After acknowledging these issues, I have become my advocate, fostering self-confidence that positively impacts my productivity, achievements, and overall life. As the eldest daughter, I carry the substantial burden of meeting family expectations and juggling personal academic pursuits, extracurricular involvement, tutoring, and a vibrant social life. Responsibilities include transporting and assisting my sister with her education and managing daily household tasks. Despite inherent stress and exhaustion, these circumstances have kept me humble and shaped me into a highly productive individual, which is valuable preparation for my future career as a nurse. My experiences as a first-generation college student have been integrated into my journey to become a nurse. My commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and unwavering motivation make me a deserving candidate for the Reinaldo Jiraud Memorial Scholarship. I am confident that this scholarship will provide the opportunity to advance my nursing education and bring me closer to realizing my career goals.
    Reinaldo Jiraud Memorial Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. My unwavering dedication to serving my community has driven me to become a nurse. Encountering academic challenges, financial strain, and social difficulties as the first in my family to pursue higher education has revealed harsh realities, yet these experiences have empowered me, serving as catalysts toward achieving my degree and future success. In navigating academic challenges, I have transformed obstacles into valuable lessons for personal growth. As the first in my family to pursue higher education, I navigated the path with limited guidance, thus fostering self-reliance. Despite these circumstances, they have cultivated a strong sense of independence, which has fostered initiative throughout my academic career. While my family provides unwavering support, I recognize academic limitations, especially in social capital. Unlike peers with academic family backgrounds, my family lacks professional connections, which is evident in healthcare where family ties often provide advantages. Understanding the importance of connections in this field, I have built a professional network, forming meaningful connections with professors, classmates, advisors, doctors, and healthcare professionals. This network provides insights into my career and genuine friendships, compensating for the absence of familial connections in the competitive healthcare field. The pursuit of higher education faces significant challenges without adequate finances. My family immigrated from Mexico, fleeing from gang violence and poverty, and despite economic opportunities in the U.S., we are of a low socioeconomic background. Limited financial support, especially during a nationwide recession, makes nursing school costs challenging. Due to this, I am actively seeking resources beyond basic financial aid, such as grants and scholarships. Similarly, my parents’ long working hours have made me a homemaker, preventing the pursuit of a traditional job. Being a self-employed STEM tutor has provided some relief, but I have yet to gain financial independence from this employment. Being a first-generation college student demands resilience, as one’s spirit is greatly affected. Achieving academic milestones as the first in my family has strained my mental health. Recognizing an undiagnosed general anxiety disorder, I’ve turned my struggles into advocacy, combating mental health stigma in my cultural community. Imposter syndrome has become a significant battle. After acknowledging these issues, I have become my advocate, fostering self-confidence that positively impacts my productivity, achievements, and overall life. As the eldest daughter, I carry the substantial burden of meeting family expectations and juggling personal academic pursuits, extracurricular involvement, tutoring, and a vibrant social life. Responsibilities include transporting and assisting my sister with her education and managing daily household tasks. Despite inherent stress and exhaustion, these circumstances have kept me humble and shaped me into a highly productive individual, which is valuable preparation for my future career as a nurse. My experiences as a first-generation college student have been integrated into my journey to become a nurse. My commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and unwavering motivation make me a deserving candidate for the Reinaldo Jiraud Memorial Scholarship. I am confident that this scholarship will provide the opportunity to advance my nursing education and bring me closer to realizing my career goals.
    Joseph Joshua Searor Memorial Scholarship
    I am Mariangela Cobian Gonzalez, and I am currently enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso College of Nursing. I am fully aware of my commitment to aiding and supporting others in the medical field, particularly as a nurse. I possess a strong desire to contribute to the healthcare community through diligence, empathy, and the delivery of high-quality patient care. In my academic journey, I consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the medical profession. However, my path did not initially lead to nursing. My original intent was to pursue a major in biology with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. My first two years of my undergraduate journey were dedicated to excelling as a candidate for pharmacy school. This involved learning about the realities and challenges of the pharmacist profession, and how to become a suitable candidate. Despite these activities providing valuable insights, I found myself yearning for a more direct and personal connection with patients. Recognizing the need for a more profound connection with patients, I shifted my career goals towards becoming a physician. The desire for a meaningful interaction and a direct, positive impact on patients' lives motivated this shift. Joining the Collegiate Double T Health Professions Honor Society facilitated my exploration, and the transformative volunteering opportunities it offered, such as participating in local free clinics and health fairs, provided invaluable firsthand insight into healthcare team dynamics. Surprisingly, these experiences did not strengthen my drive to become a physician; instead, they lead me to consider the role of a nurse. Witnessing the hands-on, direct involvement with patient well-being and care became the defining quality of a healthcare professional that I had been seeking throughout my journey. My decision to become a nurse was strongly shaped by a deeply personal experience. In 2021, my grandma, Tita, battled a resurgence of hepatocellular carcinoma, and I became an integral part of her support team. This period provided a humbling perspective on both sides of the healthcare system, that of the healthcare provider and the patient. While I acknowledge that experiences vary, our interactions with the doctors responsible for Tita's diagnosis were notably disconnected. The doctors seemed to project an artificial presence, lacking essential humanity, leading to disheartening experiences of reprimands instead of comfort. After my graduation last December, Tita's health took a sharp decline, necessitating regular visits to the ER. During this challenging period, nurses went beyond addressing her health needs; they provided solace and humanity. However, it was in Tita’s final days that she found tranquility and comfort in the nurses' care. Their profound concern for her as a person, rather than merely as an ailment, made a lasting impression. The moment my beloved Tita took her last breath became pivotal, inspiring me to realize my purpose: to provide care, empathy, support, and relief to those in similarly vulnerable situations. Thus, the decision to become a nurse was solidified. Acknowledging this significant shift in my aspirations, I made the decision to return to school, despite recently completing a degree, with the intention of studying nursing. My aim is to obtain a Bachelor of Nursing degree, driven by my newfound understanding of the impactful and dynamic role that nurses play in ensuring the welfare of patients and their families. I am confident that I am a deserving candidate for the Joseph Joshua Searor Memorial Scholarship due to my unwavering commitment to excellence, dedication to serving others, and strong motivation to pursue a career in nursing. I believe that this scholarship will provide me with the opportunity to further my nursing education and successfully achieve my career goals.