By Troy Wilde
October 5, 2016
Phoenix, AZ – Hector Trujillo is active in his fraternity at Arizona State University, and volunteers at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. He’s also well on his way to achieving a long-term career goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.
Hector explains, “I hope to provide primary care, and just basic health care for underserved communities. I want to work, not just in the local communities here in Phoenix, but possibly around the world in places where health care isn’t as accessible to families and communities.”
Hector adds that his interest in medicine goes ways back:
“In high school I was involved in the Medical Magnet program and that just got me really excited about going into the medical field. Ever since I was little, all I can remember is being really excited about doing something in the medical field.”
Hector, age 20, was born and raised in Phoenix, and he graduated from Alhambra High School. He’s currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at ASU, and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Prior to volunteering at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Hector volunteered for several years at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, “For one year while I was at Phoenix Children’s Hospital I was a playroom volunteer and I got to play with kids who had traumatic injuries, and those that had the flu or something less severe. Volunteering at the hospital has helped me to be more appreciative of the health of my family and friends, because a lot of families are suffering through the illnesses of their loved ones.”
Beyond the books, Hector is active in the Tau Psi Omega Fraternity at ASU, “The brotherhood that I’ve become a part of has been such an amazing experience. We’re a multicultural fraternity, so it’s not just the Hispanic or Latinos. It’s people from India, it’s people from China, and it’s amazing to be part of so many different cultures, because you learn so much about those other cultures.”
Hector also volunteer with the organization El Concilio at ASU, which is a coalition working to unite Hispanic student organizations and promote awareness of Hispanic culture.
Hector is among the many hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars for educational expenses. Students such as Hector, also receive specialized mentoring services from “Success Advisers,” who help guide the young scholars through the multitude of challenges that can come with college.
Hector says his success adviser, Robert Davis, has provided a lot of guidance, “He’s been an amazing advisor to me. He’s given me a lot of connections to resources and just a lot advice for my under-grad career. Recently I’ve started asking him about studying abroad because he studied abroad several times during college. It’s really helpful to get Robert’s insights on how it’s helped him change and grow as a person.”
Hector adds that the financial aspect of the scholarship has helped him to fully enjoy college, “College Success has given me the opportunity to just focus on school and not have to split my time and energy with a job. I’ve been able to be part of my fraternity and volunteer, and do so many other things that I probably wouldn’t be able to do without this scholarship.”
Family members can have a huge impact on a young person’s path to college. Hector says his mother has always encouraged his education, “My mom has always instilled in me the value of an education. She’s always reminding, nearly every day, to always work hard and never give up on my education, and pursue my dreams. So my family, friends, and teachers have offered so much support and hope in me, that I can do this, and that support system is what motivates me.”
Hector has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “My advice to them is to definitely be open-minded and use your resources, because there are no many resources out there; from your English teacher to your guidance counselor, to nonprofit organizations around Phoenix that are willing to help you achieve your goals.”