As the date of the UC Davis Heroes Run approaches, we are reminded of our primary purpose in hosting this event: raising funds to benefit in need students through the ASUCD Endowment Fund.
The ASUCD scholarship has helped many in need students in the past. Seven scholarships (three $1,000 scholarships and four $500 scholarships) were awarded to UC Davis students in the past spring quarter.
Please register for the Heroes Run that is taking place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 to help us raise funds to benefit these in need students! Visit heroesrun.ucdavis.edu to register. We currently have a Livingsocial deal that takes 51% off of the general admission price!
The seven students’ biographies are listed below:
- Victoria Chan: Victoria Chan is a second year Sociology and International Relations double major from San Francisco, CA. She grew up in a sweatshop in San Francisco Chinatown with her grandmother in which they endured a harsh environment, sometimes involving physical abuse and only making $3/ day. As a result of her experiences growing up, Victoria is highly involved in her community and has been volunteering for Chinese for Affirmative Action, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco that helps provide Chinese immigrants with resources and employment opportunities. She goes home every weekend to support her grandmother at the sweatshop and hopes that this scholarship will help relieve the financial burden that they both face.
- Alejandra Rafael: Alejandra Rafael is a first-generation college student from Vallejo, CA and is the youngest of 3 siblings. She did not have many friends who went to college and had a difficult time transitioning to her new environment, making it a struggle adjusting to college life. As a result, her academics slipped and she was dismissed from UC Davis. A mentor from the College of Letters and Science stayed in contact with her when Alejandra was enrolled as a student at Solano Community College. She got involved in Puente, a program that helps underprivileged students transfer to a 4-year university, and was able to regain the confidence to reapply and return UC Davis. During her time here, she has helped establish the First Latina Sorority in the nation Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., engaged in workshops about state Propositions, and served as a volunteer for college programs. She has been accepted into the UCDC program this summer but is unable to afford it, and this scholarship will help make her dream one step closer to a reality.
- Juliana (Jules) Walton: Juliana (Jules) Walton is a civil engineering major. Her mother is a child psychologist and her experiences growing up have continuously inspired to her serve as a Special Olympics coach and youth swim instructor. On campus, she is the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the President of the Autism Awareness Association, and the secretary of Engineers without Borders. To pay for college, Jules is working 4 jobs; one of which requires her to commute every Thursday through Sunday to work for the city of Lafayette. She also works for two disabled families as well as the UC Davis facilities department. Her dream is to go abroad after graduation to be able to work on water sanitation technology in developing countries. This scholarship will allow her to continue staying involved on campus and lift a slight financial burden off her shoulders.
- Amanda Lipp: Amanda Lipp is a transfer student who originally attended Chico State University. She had to drop out her first semester of college after experiencing a mental health crisis and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Amanda was then hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital and has dealt with discrimination and stigma based on her medical history. However, she believes that this experience has truly developed her into a better person as states that “we are only as strong as the attitude behind our actions.” Amanda then went on to be serve on the CA state board of NAMI, an advocacy nonprofit striving to bring awareness, legislation and education programs regarding mental health issues . She plans to implement a NAMI club on campus and helped the organization host their first NAMI bikes event on the UC Davis campus in which over 300 participants biked from Russell field to the Berryessa Mountains and back. She strives to make a difference in the world and believes that it’s the little things that count in life that will help you see the bigger picture.
- Madeline Steiner: Madeline Steiner is a third year transfer student majoring in international agricultural development. She also received a culinary degree in baking from her community college. Her father was diagnosed with cancer and passed away about a year before she transferred to UC Davis. Madeline believes that this has brought her family closer, and that she continues to pursue her dreams in order to make her father proud. After graduating, she hopes to join the Peace Corps through their master’s program in South America. Madeline has an amazing vision to open a nonprofit bakery in South America that is able to take in younger girls affected by abuse by supporting local farmers and utilizing the funds made to send girls to school.
- Maria Garcia Meza: Maria Garcia Meza is an undocumented student born in Mexico that moved to the United States when she was 1 years old. Growing up in the US, she has seen how hard her parents have worked for her and noticed how much hate we have in this world. Because she is a first-generation college student, she didn’t know about college. During elementary school, she was accepted into the GATE program, which gave her the resources and support to learn more about AP and Honors classes. Growing up, she had trouble opening up to others about her AB 540 status and didn’t realize what it really meant until she found that the she was ineligible for financial aid and unable to apply for a CSU of your citizen status. She is currently involved in SPEAK and strives to go to medical school. Money has always been a problem but she doesn’t want to be a burden on her family and wants everyone to know that although she’s been through a lot of struggles, she’s had a good life and is willing to do anything for her family and people that she loves.
- Tiffany Wall: Tiffany Wall grew up in a family with an older sister born with cerebral palsy. Her sister passed away when she was 7 and her parents divorced afterwards. Her mother serves as a registered nurse and Tiffany still recalls accompanying her mom to patients’ homes while living and doing her homework in the car. As she grew up, she picked up volunteering at the hospital from her mom because she truly believes that sometimes people just need someone to care for them. She has always wanted to work with adults with development disabilities and was able to open up two residential care homes. Tiffany decided that she wanted to finish her education and chose to come to UC Davis. She received a 4.0 last quarter and is highly involved in research and the Center for Mind and Brain institute. She wants to continue to work on her education but her mother has had surgeries recently that have required both her financial and emotional support. She would like others to know that she is a caring, loving person that will always maintain true to her morals. At the end of the day, Tiffany wants to ensure that others will trust her and know that she will guide them in the right direction.