California State University, Fullerton
Trustee Ali C. Razi Scholar
Born in Santa Ana, California, to a young, poor, uneducated Mexican immigrant mother who did not speak English, Hector Ramos encountered strong obstacles early in life—his father abandoned the family when Hector was born and he was raised by his grandmother in poverty-stricken areas full of crime, drugs, violence and gangs while his mother worked several jobs to support the family. Attending five different schools by third grade, Hector faced the challenge of learning English as his second language, yet managed to excel in his classes. In high school, he participated in sports and extracurricular activities, earned college credit through Advanced Placement courses, and graduated with a 3.91 GPA. Hector is currently working while earning a triple major in psychology, philosophy and political science at CSU Fullerton in preparation for a career in law. In 2007, he coached a community Boys and Girls club to a football championship, and he volunteers at a care center for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia.