San José State University
Recipient, William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
A Hispanic single parent with five children and four grandchildren, Veronica Luna has experienced a life filled with chaos and turmoil due to domestic abuse. She also lives with post-traumatic stress disorder and a learning disability, but has learned to persevere to pursue her higher education aspirations. Currently attending San José State University, Veronica plans to achieve her academic goals to become self-sufficient and to also serve as a positive role model for her children and grandchildren. She wants to fulfill her dreams of receiving a master’s in social work and becoming a prison chaplain. Veronica volunteers for the prison system by working to educate and minister to high-profile gang members. She is proud to be a first-generation college graduate and wants to make a positive difference in her community, knowing that higher education will equip her to accomplish these goals.