Benita Yannine Robledo-Espinoza
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Benita Yannine Robledo-Espinoza was raised by her mother, an immigrant and single parent who worked as a waitress to support her three children. Wanting better opportunities for her children, Benita’s mother opened a small business, but eventually it failed. With nowhere to turn, the family stayed at a homeless shelter throughout Benita’s eighth-grade school year. Knowing that education would be her path to success, Benita made schoolwork a priority. As a result, she has been an honor-roll student throughout her entire academic career. The first of her family to attend college, Benita considers herself a role model for her younger brother and the predominantly Spanish-speaking elementary schoolchildren she has tutored while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is an active member of the Hispanic Business Student Association and served as an intern this summer for the accounting firm Ernst & Young. After graduation, Benita plans to start her career in a large accounting firm with international involvement.