ACC Student Named National Hispanic Scholar
Every year, millions of high school students sit down to take the SATs, an entrance exam required by most universities.
Alvin Community College Upward Bound student Sofia Aguilar recently took the test and her 1340 score was one of the highest in the country for Hispanic students.
Out of 250,000 Hispanic students who took the SATs recently, Sofia Aguilar, a senior at Alvin High School, placed among the top 2 percent. She was named a National Hispanic Scholar for the distinction.
“I was really pleased that I got it,” she said. “It will definitely help me earn scholarships.”
So far, Aguilar has received $20,000 in scholarships for her education pursuits.
Aguilar joined the Upward Bound program as a freshman and has really flourished in the program, director Regan Metoyer said. She is currently ranked seventh academically among the 539 seniors at her school.
Aguilar was also named Student of the Year in Upward Bound in 2016.
“She had so much drive and ambition that I knew she would excel in anything she put her mind to,” Metoyer said. “She is an outstanding student and will be the first in her family to attend college.”
Aguilar also uses her academic abilities to help other students succeed, Metoyer said.
“Her desire to help others has always been a driving force,” she said. “Currently, she tutors her peers at Alvin High School as part of The Jacket Academy.”
She plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin to pursue a degree in Nursing. Aguilar said she was inspired to become a nurse because of her mother.
“My mother works in the healthcare field and she has shared her experiences with patients and helping them,” Aguilar said. “I want to do that too. I want to be part of the reason why someone feels better and is able to go back to their families and loved ones.”
Exhibiting her ambition, Aguilar said wants to develop her Nursing skills further to help as many patients as she can.
“My overall goal is to become a nurse practitioner,” she said. “It carries more responsibility and I have a much bigger impact with my patients.”
Photo cutline: ACC Upward Bound student Sofia Aguilar, center, was recognized by the Board of Regents tonight after she was named a National Hispanic Scholar for placing in the top 2 percent of students taking the SATs throughout the country. Also included are regents Cheryl Knape, left, and Dr. Patricia Hertenberger, right.