|5/15/2013 2:37:00 PM|
CHS student earns $40,000 scholarship
Submitted by Vicki Carr
Franklin Rivera Rosas received a letter in March from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Washington informing him that he is one of the winners of twenty, $40,000 Costco Diversity Scholarship being offered to incoming UW minority students.
In the year 2000, Costco business executives joined forces with Seattle University and the University of Washington to offer scholarships to minority students who are underrepresented in the overall student population. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with high school grade point averages of 3.0 or better, and enrolled as full-time students.
There were 377 applicants this year. Rosas will receive $10,000 his first year at the university, and he may renew it for up to three years, if he meets minimal GPA requirements as a full-time student.
Rosas will graduate fourth out of a class of 101 students in Chelan, with a GPA of 3.9. He is a three-year in basketball player, two-year in tennis player and is a member of the National Honor Society.
As a Running Start student, Rosas will receive his Associate of Arts and Science degree from Wenatchee Valley College one week after getting his high school diploma.
Rosas says some of his motivation comes from wisdom handed down from his father's father in Mexico, "With an education you can do anything!"
Zenaido Rosas, Franky's father, was one of 11 children in Michoacan. He studied two years at a technical school in a large city, then went on to teach in a small rural village in Mexico. There he met Maria, one of 12children, who soon was to become his wife.
On the first day of Franky's junior year in high school, the family's single-wide trailer house burned to the ground.
"We lost everything," he said.
In his sadness and disappointment, his grandfather's mantra came to mind.
"That's when I knew for sure what I had to do about getting an education," he said.
The Rosas family received support from the community, and a place to live.
The second strong influence on Franky Rosas has been a long friendship with fellow senior Dillon Morrison.
"When I was in the first grade, uhm, I couldn't speak English very
well. But Dillon took the time to talk to me and help me. He was my first 'American' friend and he was the one who taught me to read, actually. We've been buddies ever since. And now, he's my doubles tennis partner."
The last and strongest motivator for Rosas has been his family. Zenaido and Maria Rosas found the low wages and poverty in Michoacan impossible to overcome and came to the United States to pursue the American Dream.
"The way my parents have worked and sacrificed so we all could have a better life is amazing. My dad takes care of the cherry orchard and now my mother works at Crunch Pak in Cashmere.
She takes any overtime that she can get... And now my brother Zenaido manages a bar and restaurant in Manson. He sends money to my brother Uriel who is a senior at San Jose State, and he's also helping my sister April who is a sophomore at WSU. . ."
Rosas also names CHS biology teacher Mark Anderson as an inspiration, making the world of biology so fascinating he once thought about majoring in genetic engineering. WVC English instructor Gerold Tiffany also has excited him with his discussions of poetry, and the nuances and lessons found in great literature.
Chelan High School Principal Barry DePaoli says,
"We're all extremely proud of Franky's accomplishments. He is highly respected by both students and staff-and not just for his academic prowess, but also because of the fact he's a great person overall."
DePaoli went on to reflect how Rosas and other Latino students like him have led the way for greater involvement in academic and extracurricular pursuits at Chelan High School.
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