Alondra Meza Camarillo is finishing off her last semester at Gustine High School and has big plans to further her education. The student representative on the Gustine Unified School Board just got word that she received a four-year scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.
“I don’t think it has really sunk in yet,” she said. “I’m really excited to start this next step and I really have to thank all the people that supported me to help me get to this point.”
Representing the student body on the school board is only one of the many list of the accomplishments during her high school career. She has been the student body president and is involved in the Interact, Spanish, math and physics and drama club.
“It’s such a great community and a great school,” said Camarillo. “I love that I had an opportunity to be involved with so much and represent my fellow students.”
She applied to study political science at Notre Dame and is looking to be involved with multiple clubs. She also wants to participate in cross country and track while she is there as well. She ran cross country in high school and played tennis as well. Her interest in political science was sparked in the eight grade by her teacher Mr. Beevers.
“He really opened my eyes to something great,” said Camarillo. “With learning history, I love it because it is cool to see and study certain patterns in life and also see how far we have come to live in the time we are in now.”
Camarillo’s scholarship to the prestigious university is through the QuestBridge program. QuestBridge is a highly competitive scholarship program that aims to support low-income students of all backgrounds in the United States by matching them with with leading institutions of higher education. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
Coming from a smaller community, Camarillo hopes that other students that will be in her position won’t put limits on themselves.
“I hope that other students go for what they want,” she said. “I know a lot of times people are scared of things outside their comfort zone, but you shouldn’t limit yourself by being uncomfortable with the unknown.”