NellyNellyana Altuve Rojo from Caracas, Venezuela has received an $82,000 transfer scholarship to Menlo College where she hopes to attain a Bachelor of Science in International Management. The scholarship will cover most of her expenses at Menlo College including tuition and housing. On top of that, she will graduate from Skyline College this Spring with three associate degrees: Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies Social and Behavioral Science. She is an honors student and an active member of the Skyline College community since her first semester.

She is a member of several clubs including Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Model United Nations Club, the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) and Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy (WMLA).

As Secretary General of the Model United Nations Club, she has participated in conferences at UC Berkeley (UCB) and UC Davis. In particular, she participated in a debate at UCB about her native country, Venezuela, representing Skyline College. She also received a full scholarship to attend a United Nations conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2018.

Furthermore, she was selected to attend “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” in December 2018. Nellyana also volunteers with the Make-a-Wish foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children who are critically ill. Her job is to find out what a child’s wish is and to make it come true within the assigned budget.

This summer, Nellyana will go to Madrid, Spain for an internship where she will gain experience helping undocumented immigrants get legal status in a non-profit law firm. She has received scholarships from San Mateo County Community College District and Associated Students of Skyline College to cover the expenses for this internship.

Nellyana has this to say about her Skyline College experience, “Skyline College opened doors for me and made me feel welcomed, I felt like I belonged right away. It supported me in achieving my educational goals. Today I’m beyond thankful to Skyline College because I will receive 3 associate degrees related to my major and priceless experience in leadership.”

We wish Nellyana all the best for her future!

Article and Photo by Clair Yeo-Sugajski

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