Dwayne Martin Gomez
By Troy Wilde
October 17, 2016
Phoenix, AZ – Dwayne Martin Gomez is working hard on his long-term career goal of becoming a nurse practitioner and serving the community where he grew up.
“For me, it all started in high school, whether it was being active inside of class or outside of class, I just found it really inspiring to help other students and other families in my community. Through those experiences, I learned that working in medicine is a path to helping other people.”
What exactly does a nurse practitioner do? Dwayne can offer some insight, “It’s actually in the middle between being a doctor and a nurse. I can practice under my license and prescribe medicine, and I’m not as limited as a physician’s assistant.”
Dwayne, age 20, graduated high school valedictorian at the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy. He’s currently enrolled in Barrett, the Honors College, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Arizona State University, and plans to attend graduate school to complete his education.
Dwayne adds that grad school may take him out of Arizona, but he’ll be coming back home, “Definitely. I think that is one of the things that everyone will be proud of – even if I go out of state to complete my education – that, I will return to serve the same community that helped me be where I am today. A lot of my influences are around this area.”
Dwayne is among the many hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. Students, such as Dwayne, also receive specialized mentoring services from “Success Advisers,” who help the students get through the many challenges that can come with college.
Dwayne says his success adviser, Robert Davis, offers a lot support and guidance, “He’s an amazing mentor, and I cannot stress enough the importance of having a mentor who is there when you need someone to ask questions regarding careers, and who has been through that college experience. You’re just wanting to pull out as much information as you can from a mentor.”
Dwayne adds that the financial side of the scholarship has also helped a lot, “This scholarship has been very helpful because I would have honestly not seen myself in college right now. My parents cannot afford the financial burden of sending me to college, so the scholarship has helped to support me financially, and also helped me to become the person that I want to be.”
Dwayne has some advice for middle and high school students who may be considering their college options, “Think about ultimately what you want to do and how you will achieve it, and what you are doing now to ensure that you will reach that goal. Because for me, it was certainly difficult picturing myself in college when I wasn’t sure if I was going to go there, and ultimately because I set that standard for myself, everything else just put me here.”