STAR Scholars

This page of the “HWC Community” blog will focus on our STAR scholars! I’ll provide update on our enrollments, STAR events and highlight some of our awesome STARs!

STAR Scholar Highlight for April, 2017

Name: Maria M. Rivera

“Undocumented. Unafraid to chase my dreams.” 

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High school: Benito Juarez Community Academy

Started at HWC:  Fall 2015

Program: Associate of Arts

Transfer Plans:  Maria will attend Roosevelt University in the Fall of 2017 where she will earn her Bachelors in Elementary Education with a focus in ESL.

Comments about being a STAR: Being a STAR Scholar has not only given Maria the chance to represent her school, but has also made her a better student by allowing her to focus a lot more on her work. As an undocumented student, Maria had little hope on how she was going to pay for school. The STAR Scholarship allowed her to advance her education and gave her hope that she can succeed anywhere she goes. This is a very big deal for Maria and her family, as she is the first to attend college.

Advice to other STARs: “Since STAR Scholars don’t have to worry about paying for school, use some of the time to join activities and clubs. Not only does that look great when planning to transfer to other schools, but it also allows you to grow closer to professors and gain letters of recommendation.”


STAR Scholar Highlight for April, 2017

Name: Luis Gomez

“Make the most of what you have.” 

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High school: Jones College Prep High School

Started at HWC:  Spring 2016

Program: Associate of Arts in Business/Economics

Transfer Plans:  Luis will transfer to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and work to obtain a Bachelor of Accounting degree.

Comments about being a STAR: The STAR Scholarship has been extremely helpful to Luis and has taken away the worry of paying for college. Furthermore, he can focus on his schoolwork, apply to colleges/scholarships, and save for the next years at UIC. The STAR Scholarship has made his first two years in college easier and has allowed him to focus on his education. Luis is grateful for the opportunity and honored to have received help from the STAR Scholarship.

Advice to other STARs: “Do not take this scholarship for granted, as I’m sure many people wish they can benefit from it. Value your education and keep working hard no matter how stressful it can get, this is a great investment for a greater future.”


STAR Scholar Highlight for April, 2017

Name: Juan H. Regalado M.

“Education is the Next Leap Forward.” 

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High school: Lake View High School

Started at HWC:  Fall 2015

Program: Associate of Arts in Business/Economics

Transfer Plans:  Juan will transfer to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and major in Accounting.

Comments about being a STAR: The STAR Scholarship Program has not only allowed Juan to further his education, but it has given him the opportunity to study worry free of costs. During his two years with HWC, he was able to save money to attend a university. Without the STAR Scholarship it would have been difficult for him to accomplish his academic goals.

Advice to other STARs: “Take advantage of the program and if you want to go beyond and Associate’s Degree, find ways to fund your education during your first two years, whether it is through scholarships or job opportunities. The final advice I would give to all incoming students is to manager their time well.”


STAR Scholar Highlight for April, 2017

Name: Juan Mora

“Don’t sweat the small stuff and appreciate what you have.” 

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High school: Hubbard High School

Started at HWC:  Fall 2015

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Transfer Plans:  Juan is looking at his options right now, but is leaning towards Elmhurst College.

Comments about being a STAR: Juan thinks the STAR Scholarship is the best around. He is able to focus on his studies, and not worry about college debt or the cost of books.

Advice to other STARs: “Try your hardest on everything. If you are having trouble in class don’t let that bring you down. You should acknowledge it and focus on how to fix it. You’ll be less stressed that way.”


STAR Scholar Highlight for April, 2017

Name: Mayra Bahena

“There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. It is possible to be free of college debt through the STAR Scholarship.” 

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High school: Curie Metropolitan High School

Started at HWC:  Fall 2015

Program:  Associate in Arts

Transfer Plans:  Mayra joined the Guaranteed Admissions Transfer (GAT) program at UIC and plans to transfer for the Fall 2017 semester.

Comments about being a STAR: Mayra originally planned on transferring to a private college. Two months before starting her first semester of college, her parents became unemployed. She had no other choice but to seek community college because she could not afford to go elsewhere. She was awarded the STAR Scholarship because of her strong academic performance, and is proud to be debt free. She is forever thankful to the STAR Scholarship Program. Not only has it positively affected her experience in community college, but it has pushed her to work even harder.

Advice to other STARs: “Take advantage of the amazing resources the STAR program has to offer. Always try your hardest, and seek help if you have questions. Make as many contacts as possible, appreciate the help that is being given, and let it motivate you to work harder in order to inspire others. Do not sleep on the opportunity of being a STAR Scholar, it is life changing.”


STAR Scholar Highlight for March, 2017

Name: Diana Paola Olguin

“Being a Star Scholar has pushed me to become a better student academically and become more involved in campus activities.” 

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High school: Curie Metropolitan High School

Started at HWC:  Fall 2015

Program:  Associate in Arts

Transfer Plans:  Diana was accepted by DePaul and Dominican University. She also sent applications to Loyola and UIC. She is waiting to hear back before she makes a decision. However, DePaul is a strong first choice.

Comments about being a STAR: Being a star scholar has helped Diana’s transition to college a lot easier than she expected. It opened many doors for her in terms of colleges that seek STAR scholars and receiving scholarships tailored to Star Scholars. It was the best decision she made, in terms of financial responsibility and putting her education first by being able to focus on studies. According to Diana, “Being a community college student doesn’t put you at a disadvantage, but rather an advantage especially if you are a Star Scholar.”

Advice to other STARs: “Don’t put aside an opportunity like being a Star Scholar, it will open more doors than you could imagine. And take advantage of all the help given at community colleges, there are more connections you can make to meet people who will help you even after you graduate. Being a Star Scholar has pushed me to become a better student academically and become more involve in campus activities.”



March 9, 2017