California State University, San BernardinoTrustee Emeritus Lou Monville Scholar
Maria Ceja has overcome many obstacles in her journey to education, including migrating to the U.S. from Mexico, learning English in elementary school, dealing with the trials and tribulations of an alcoholic parent, and becoming a single mother in high school.
As a first-generation college student, Maria is driven to achieve her goals and set a good example for her children. After receiving her associate degree at Chaffey College, Maria transferred to California State University, San Bernardino to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Maria works as an advocate for Project Sister Family Services, helping survivors of any type of abuse and sexual assault. Her goal is to earn a graduate degree in social work and continue to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.