Embracing Change

Aspiring to become a nurse, Lizbeth had a meticulously laid out plan: complete pre-nursing at Cuesta Community College and then transfer to a nursing program. While the plan was sound, she soon found herself waitlisted in the heavily impacted healthcare educational system. 

Recovering from her disappointment, Lizbeth took a step back to evaluate her next steps. Working with her pre-health advisor at Cuesta and her Scholarship Mentor, Alex, she strengthened her admission resume, continues college part-time, secured a job as a phlebotomist technician, and applied to the Cuesta College nursing program plus a transfer application to Cal Poly to pursue a bachelor's degree in public health as a backup plan. 


I would like to graciously thank everyone who donated to the Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship. Being a first-generation college student is a true honor, but comes with many obstacles and sacrifices. There is no denying that I grew up a lot quicker than most kids my age, but this has led me to become the independent and hardworking individual I am today. Even though I am proud of my self-sufficiency, this scholarship has supported me in so many aspects of my life. I was able to purchase my first laptop for class, as well as textbooks and lab manuals. Additionally, having to commute to San Luis Obispo from Nipomo multiple times per week takes up a lot of gas which nowadays is far from cheap, and having this scholarship to assist me with this is a true blessing.

Once again, thank you to all of the donors who have given ambitious students like me and their parents hope and support for their futures. I look forward to learning new things and creating a better version of myself in order to repay my parents for all they have sacrificed to give my siblings and me a better future.


Education has always been highly important for my family and me. My parents didn't have the opportunity to attend high school and graduate from a university, so my siblings and I knew that continuing our education after high school was a requirement, not an option. My parents have sacrificed so much for my siblings and me, so continuing my education is just a small way for me of paying them back for everything they have done for me and my brothers and sister. I also want to create a successful future for myself by working at a job that I enjoy, and since I am interested in nursing, I will be continuing my education after high school.