San Antonio, Texas, native Jasmine Hernandez would not have made a 1,100 mile, 18-hour trip to attend the University of Northern Iowa if it wasn’t for scholarships.
“What they are giving me is letting me continue at UNI,” said Hernandez. “I know if I didn’t get that big scholarship I probably wouldn’t be going to UNI. It is a huge help for me and my family.”
Hernandez visited the UNI campus as a senior in high school before deciding to attend the university. Besides great scholarship opportunities, Hernandez also chose UNI because of its commitment to diversity and efforts to attract students from different cultural backgrounds.
“UNI keeps a connection with San Antonio not only with my high school, but also with community colleges,” Hernandez said. “They give us a lot of opportunities — money-wise especially. I’m hearing a lot more kids from San Antonio have gone to UNI. I know it is growing, and I think they are doing a great job by offering scholarships that people can’t pass up.”
Now a junior at UNI, Hernandez is able to focus her time and energy on studies and organizations because of the scholarships she is receiving. She majors in the Study of Religion and Sociology with hopes of attending a two-year divinity school before pursuing a law degree after graduation. She is also active in multiple organizations around campus, including the Hispanic Latino Student Union (HSLU), the Maucker Union Advisory Board and Explorers of Religion.
“I get a lot more time to study and go to certain events that I wouldn’t be able to go to if I was super busy worrying about money,” said Hernandez.
Hernandez, who only returns home to San Antonio two or three times per year, spent her summer in her hometown taking classes at a local community college. If you are interested in providing scholarship for students like her, please visit http://www.uni-foundation.org.