SURPRISE SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTED IN IMMOKALEE
September 20, 2012
A migrant student from Immokalee, who grew up in severe poverty and has had more than her share of struggles, has reason to celebrate. It comes in the form of a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star college scholarship presented, as a surprise, by Sun Life, Inc. and the Miami Dolphins organization. Immokalee High School senior Candace Perez, the recipient, was brought to tears by the presentation, witnessed by 40 fellow Tutor Corps members from the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. Candace – one of only 4 recipients in South Florida – credits the Guadalupe Center for helping put her life on a positive track back when she was a second grade student in the afterschool program there.
Today, six years later, she is working in the same afterschool program that did so much for her. “I know I am making a difference in children’s lives,” says Candace, “and I cherish what I do every day.” When asked what she would tell her fellow migrant students in Immokalee, Candace said there should be no excuses. “I know school is hard, it’s not something easy, but it is something that can be accomplished. And if you strive to work for what you want, you will get what you want” – and she did.
This is the second year the Sun Life Rising Star award has been given to an Immokalee High School student. Mariela Vega, was last year’s recipient.