"I had never applied for a scholarship, and I was thrilled that I had won," said Cazares, a recent Cal State Fullerton graduate who went directly on to pursue a teaching credential.
She is currently enrolled in the university's multiple subject credential program and plans to complete her studies at the end of this year.
The $2,000 scholarship was awarded based on her scholastic achievement, faculty recommendations, financial need and character.
"I have so much admiration for Guadalupe," said alumna and University Advisory Board member Peggy Hammer, a member of the North Orange County Retired Teachers who presented the scholarship to Cazares. "She has struggled so much and has come to the top."
In addition to attending classes, Cazares works part time and is a single parent with three children. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has served as a bilingual aide for about seven years for four elementary schools within the Orange Unified School District.
"I loved it and then it came to the point where I wanted to be the teacher," said Cazares. "Teaching is the most rewarding job I can think of," she added. "It is what I want to do for the rest of my life."
Cazares was the first in her family to receive a bachelor's degree, which she earned in child and adolescent studies, and is encouraging her own children to pursue a college education.
Upon completion of the credential program, she plans to teach either first or second grade in Santa Ana or Orange.
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