Scholars with Simon (above): Cindy Valverde graduated from UC San Diego, Marquis Montgomery from Kennesaw State University.  Below:  Arias: “I always knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t know how to make it happen.”  Espinoza: “I needed guidance, support and confidence—I was smart, but I
didn’t have any direction.”

Scholars with Simon (above): Cindy Valverde graduated from UC San Diego, Marquis Montgomery from Kennesaw State University. Below: Arias: “I always knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t know how to make it happen.” Espinoza: “I needed guidance, support and confidence—I was smart, but I didn’t have any direction.”

A constant in Isela Arias’ life while growing up in Santa Ana was her mother’s belief in education...

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