Started spring 2016, the MPN Scholarship Fund celebrates deserving college-bound seniors at John O’Connell High School with scholarships to attain a postsecondary education. Now in its third year and in partnership with Mission Graduates, MPN has set a bold goal to raise $12,500 in scholarship funds to support more Mission youth toward academic achievement.

Here is update #3 of 3 showcasing what our previous scholarship recipients are up to at college.

Maria Zaragoza
City College of San Francisco
(photo, center)

What is your major and why did you choose this career path?
My career I have chosen is to one day be a registered nurse.

What has been your biggest lesson as you wrap up your first year of college?
When starting college it might be tough because you don’t exactly know what you’re getting yourself into, but when attending make sure to do homework on time, communicate with your teacher, and be on time for class and on assignments.

What has been your favorite aspect of college?
My favorite part of college is learning how to manage my time.

How does it feel to have the Mission community’s support to further your education?
Having the Mission community’s support made me realize that, no matter what, there’s always help out there, and it’s better when you have connections.

Are you still on the same career track or have you changed your career path?
My career plans haven’t changed since my junior year of high school.

Where do you see yourself in four years, upon graduation from college?
In four years I see myself finishing school, ready to move on to my next step to accomplish my career goals.


Can you support deserving Mission students, like Maria, so they can make college a reality this fall?
Give today to the MPN Scholarship Fund and empower more students toward academic success.

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