Quijada earns Alpine Bank scholarship | SummitDaily.com

Quijada earns Alpine Bank scholarship

by Reid Williams

FARMER’S KORNER – Alexdiana Quijada is the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend college.

Alpine Bank officers are hoping her story will inspire other Latino students to apply for a Hispanic Scholarship Award that has had too few applicants the past two years. According to bank spokeswoman Cary Harden, the bank didn’t award the scholarship at all last year.

“We’ve had very little application response,” Harden said. “We’re trying to encourage education and understand and want to support those who might have to work harder to get there.”

Quijada, who will graduate from Summit High School next month, will put the $2,200 a year scholarship toward her bills at Colorado Mountain College. Quijada said she plans to study psychology and move on to a four-year college after CMC.

Quijada also was honored by the college with a First Generation Scholarship. The award goes to students who are the first in their family to attend college. Quijada’s family emigrated from El Salvador and enrolled her in school in California as a third-grader. She moved to Summit County two years ago. Quijada also works as an assistant manager at Wendy’s, takes college classes at night and looks after younger siblings when her mother is working.

Being a trailblazer in her family isn’t without pressure, Quijada said, but she’s proud of her accomplishments and goals. She said her family is very excited for her future and she encouraged other Latino students to apply as she did.

Quijada said high school counselor Debbie Luckett told her about the scholarship, “and a woman from CMC came and told us about some of their awards. Everyone can do it,” she said. “Some people are afraid about college, but they can do it.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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