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Help Mariano stay in college!
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Mariano Resendiz is a 19-year-old junior attending the University of California at Riverside, and he needs your support. Mariano has a chance to stay in college and continue his studies. But this bright young scholar can’t do it alone.
Mariano Resendiz is a 19-year-old junior attending the University of California at Riverside, and he needs your support.

Mariano’s parents have always known that their son was very bright and would excel if given the right opportunity. He was enrolled in Middle College High School, a selective public school in San Pablo, California that is part of the U.S. Early College High School Consortium. Middle College gives potentially successful students an academically challenging environment to ensure high school completion, to ensure success in college and beyond, and to provide the opportunity to earn an immense amount college credit from Contra Costa Community College. After completing regular high school requirements, Middle College students are enrolled in college- level classes in order to achieve a better understanding of the college environment. Mariano took advantage of this opportunity and graduated with a 3.6 grade point average. As president of his senior class, he gave a valedictory to his graduating class.

Growing up, Mariano had never planned on attending a four-year university because he knew that his parents would never be able to afford the tuition. But in January of 2012, with the support of family, teachers, and peers, Mariano was accepted to the University of California, Riverside (UCR.) Luckily, he qualified for both a Cal Grant and a grant from UCR. Combined, these grants cover about 70% of Mariano’s college expenses while he and his family pay the rest. Currently, Mariano is double majoring in Botany with an emphasis in biotechnology and biochemistry with an emphasis in chemistry. He plans to research in plant biochemistry and dreams of, one day, teaching at California University.

For about four months now, Mariano has been researching alongside his biochemistry professor while being funded by the National Science Foundation through the California Alliance for Minority Participation in S.T.E.M. disciplines. Recently, he was chosen, as well as eleven other undergraduates, to present research in the annual C.A.M.P. Symposium at the University of California, Irvine. His work will be published in the near future. While maintaining a 3.5 grade point average, Mariano has a part-time job to pay for his books.

Mariano is within reach of a bright future. He cannot reach his academic and professional goals without your help. With the income from his part-time job, his parents’ contribution, and two grants, Mariano is still short about $1,400 every month. Soon, the Resendiz family will be forced to choose between pulling Mariano from UCR and paying rent for the home in which they live with Mariano’s 3 younger siblings. This is a choice many families have to make, but you can make a difference for the Resendiz family.

You may be thinking, “Well, this situation is extremely common. Several students and their parents cannot afford college, and they turn out fine.” Yes, this may be true, but only occasionally will you come across a special kind of person that radiates positivity. He is a unique young man that is so intelligent he makes you feel the need to go back to school and make a difference from the experience. Frankly, he has been blessed with a heart of pure gold. This is Mariano. He has come so far, and he doesn’t, and shouldn’t quit now.

Mariano has a chance to stay in college and continue his studies. But this bright young scholar can’t do it alone. With our help, he will not have to give up the most amazing and rewarding experience of his life. Together, we can collectively lighten the financial burden from the Resendiz family so Mariano will not have to constantly worry if he’ll be in school the next quarter.

I am a close family friend of Mariano and I, along with more than twenty family, friends, and peers, are here to vouch for this incredible young man. We ask you to believe in him the way we believe in him. Please donate today.
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