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 towards academic achievement.

Here is update #1 of 3 showcasing what our previous scholarship recipients are up to at college.

Gisselle Ortega Perez
Holy Names University
(photo, right)

What is your major and why did you choose this career path?
I am majoring in biology because I want to attend medicine school and study the field of women and children.

What has been your biggest lesson as you wrap up your first year of college?
My biggest lesson from my first year in college is to follow your dreams, even if they seem impossible, work hard for what you want. All the battles you face will be worth something big.

What has been your favorite aspect of college?
Having freedom to choose what type of classes I want to take and get a degree on a subject I love is my favorite aspect of college.

How does it feel to have the Mission community’s support to further your education?
Having only one person that supports me is great, but having the community support me is even better. It motivates me to continue with what I’m doing and give back to my community.

Are you still on the same career track or have you changed your career path?
All I know is that I want to work with children in women, but I am not sure in what type of career.

Where do you see yourself in four years, upon graduation from college?
In four years I see myself working for something that I love to do and giving me and my family a stable life.


Can you support deserving Mission students, like Gisselle, 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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