California State University, Dominguez HillsTrustee Rebecca D. and James Eisen Scholar
Juan Venegas grew up in a low-income
neighborhood in San José, California, and
started working at age 14 to help his single
mother make ends meet. Learning disabilities
made reading difficult, while affirming his
identity in high school brought its own set
of emotional and psychological challenges.
Through it all, Juan confronted his problems
head-on and graduated as one of the top
students in his class.
His perseverance paid off when Juan was
accepted to California State University,
Dominguez Hills, where he is pursuing a
bachelor’s degree in journalism.
When devastating flooding hit San José in
2017, Juan started a toiletry drive to help those
affected. He also mobilized his community to
support victims of the 2017 Mexico earthquake.
Due to his inspirational work, Juan received his
high school’s humanitarian award.
After graduating from CSU Dominguez Hills,
Juan plans to continue his education. His
ultimate goal is to teach future generations
to embrace who they are and where they