Samuel was born and raised in El Paso, Texas in abject poverty by parents with only a second-grade education. His parents immigrated from Mexico and faced many hardships throughout their stay. His mother abandoned him and his family when he was only nine years. Despite these hardships, he graduated from Horizon High School in the top 1% of his class and received the Wells Fargo Presidential Scholarship to attend UTEP as a first generation college student.
Due to a near death experience of his mother, he decided, at an early age, to become a volunteer Firefighter, putting his life on the line for his community on a day-to-day basis. He joined the Fire Department immediately after his High School graduation and went on to obtain his Emergency Medical Technician license to serve his community during medical emergencies.
The College of Science is proud to reflect upon the accomplishments of alumni as we continue to prepare the next generation of high-quality scientists.
Today, we ask that you join alumni and friends in making a gift to the College of Science, designated to scholarships.
Scholarships reduce the financial concern for students, allowing them more time to immerse themselves in their studies, participate in student organizations, conferences and service-learning opportunities, all leading to better grades and opportunities that make students more marketable candidates for employers.
Make a gift today! Your contribution will ensure that more students have the opportunity to turn their dreams into a bright future.
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