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Scholarship Stories: Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez

A native of nearby Rancho Cucamonga, Amanda Martinez considered various colleges during her application process. She chose UCR because of the campus' diversity, and the fact that it was close to home. Amanda plans to graduate with a degree in Sociology in June 2010 and would like to pursue graduate school.

Martinez is a hard worker who is the first in her family to go to college. She faces the challenges of balancing academics, employment and family obligations.

She received the Brithinee Electric Alumni Scholarship in 2007.

"Without the scholarship, I wouldn't be able to be as invested in my education," she said. "I would have had to work full time to pay for it and would not have had the time to do research or to be involved in the campus."

Martinez is working with Dr. Augustine Kposowa to evaluate the effectiveness of a 24/7 laptop computer program at an elementary school in the Palm Springs Unified School District. She also works part-time as a box office manager, and is the student representative for University Christian Fellowship on campus.

The combination of scholarship and work has allowed her to be debt-free to date. She hopes to graduate with little or no debt. She also looks forward to the day where she can give another student a similar opportunity to fulfill his or her dreams.

"Someday, I would love to initiate a scholarship program at UCR," she said, adding that she would like to benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Amanda Martinez

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