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Eduardo Gallardo Gonsalez

Eduardo Gallardo Gonsalez had some academic challenges in high school and considered quitting school to work more than a hundred hours a week in the fields around his hometown of Yuma. Instead, Eduardo followed his father’s advice and stayed in school and earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona. He expects to graduate this year with a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from the Yuma Branch Campus of Northern Arizona University (NAU).

Eduardo says his mom and dad were a major factor in helping to convince him to not drop out of high school, “My dad would work me extra hard in the fields to show me that a life in agriculture would always mean working long hours and very hard physical work. Eventually working in the fields showed me that I was better off finishing high school and getting a college degree.”

Eduardo first learned of College Success Arizona during his senior year at Cibola High School. He says that Matt Sotelo, a success adviser with College Success Arizona has provided a lot of support and guidance, “Matt has been there the whole college trip – he has been there with me.  If I have problems with my school or if I have concerns with a certain subject, all I have to do is get a hold of him and he’s there to help.”

Eduardo completed his associate’s degree in Administration of Justice at Arizona Western College in Yuma.

Eduardo adds that earning a scholarship from College Success Arizona has helped ease the financial stress of paying for college, “The scholarship helped me in ways you can’t even imagine. It helped me get my books on time before classes started – instead of asking for student loans or using my time to apply for other scholarships. This scholarship has helped me and been there ever since I started going to college.”

So far as his career, Eduardo says he hopes to work in law enforcement at the federal level, “I would like to start off with the Border Patrol or U.S. Customs to build some experience. Ultimately, my goal is to be a polygraph examiner or work at an office handling numerous data bases for the D.E.A. or something of that nature.”

For grade school students considering college, Eduardo says:

“Go for it. If you look at it, it’s only four years and you can do it faster than that. Time’s going to pass anyway – so, don’t doubt yourself just go ahead and do it.”


Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page.

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