December 31, 2015
By: Ashmar Mandou
Chicago native Alejandro Ruizesparza has much to celebrate in the New Year as he is one of 40 individuals chosen as a Marshall Scholar, a prestigious national scholarship that fully funds graduate degree studies in the United Kingdom. Ruizesparza, first-generation Mexican-American, attributes much of his academic success to his parental support and High Jump, a non-profit that offers free educational support for low-income elementary students. Ruizesparza, a student at Stanford University, where he founded the school’s Undergraduate Psychology Association and is focusing on how cultural identifications influences interactions with others of different backgrounds, talks with Lawndale Bilingual Newspaper about his experience at High Jump and how important it is to go after your goal.