The Gila County Gem and Mineral Society has awarded our annual scholarship to Rosa Pacheco. Rosa is a very deserving young student. She will be attending Northern Arizona University to study Biomedical Science. She finished high school with a 3.8 GPA. While attending high school, she also attended CVIT where she earned her certificate in the Medical Assistant Program.
It was not easy for her though. Rosa lost her mother during her sophomore year and was faced with taking care of her father with stage 4 chronic kidney failure. Then, she found out that she had diabetes. Caring for her family while dealing with her own health issues only proves her resolve for dealing with tough issues. She also cared for her neighbor with house chores, running errands and just watching Family Feud with her.
Our scholarship is not just awarded to a student that is going into a STEM-related field of study, but also someone that is involved in community service. Giving up part of her social life during her high school years had to be hard, but the sacrifices she made for her family and friends exemplifies what our scholarship is about. Some of the words that were written to describe her were diligence, quiet resolve, inner determination, solid work ethic, not afraid of work, a great student, a great kid and someone with great promise. We would like to add to that, she is also a great role model.
Rosa wrote in her essay, “Mom always reminded my sibling and me of the importance of school and the irreplaceable knowledge that you gain from college.” Rosa, your dad and your siblings have been blessed by you and your mom is proudly watching you accomplish your dreams.
She also wrote, “No heartache, disability or misfortune will keep me from reaching my dreams. Besides, my luck has to start somewhere and I won’t stop until I get there.” From this and what was written about her, we believe this to be true about her. The old saying absolutely rings true in her case, “hard work does pay off,” and she is already living proof of that. Congratulations and Go Lumberjacks!