Scholarships Made USF Possible for Diana Peinado

By Margarita Vargas Patron, Office of Development Communications Posted Sat, 11/10/2018 - 15:26

For Diana Peinado, going to college was her top priority from a young age. It all began at a middle-school assembly, where her new principal introduced herself.

“She was talking about her experience, like getting her PhD, and just hearing her talk made me want to go to college,” Diana said. “Ever since then, I knew that is what I wanted, too.”

None of her immediate family members had attended college, but Diana made it her goal. She earned straight A’s, was the valedictorian of her high school, and in the fall of 2016, was accepted to USF.

“I hope other students like myself are inspired by my story,” Diana said. “Dreams are possible to achieve.”

Her Future Plans

Now a junior at the university, Diana has made the Jesuit tradition of magis (“the more”) her own mission.  She is focused on becoming a compassionate, ethical person who seeks to go the extra mile.  Her professional goals, too, are inspired.

“As of right now, the goal is to become the next Steve Jobs,” she said, laughing. “But even if I don’t, I ultimately want to leave people in a better state than when they first met me.”

As a successful business major and math minor with plans to add Business Analytics as a second minor, she is gaining valuable exposure to the tech industry. Through the School of Management, Diana has networked with representatives from top Bay Area companies that gave her insight on how to prepare for her career goals.

“Innovations make the world a better place”, she explained. “[I want] to make people’s lives easier.”

Making Her Dreams Possible

Diana is grateful to USF and its donors for the opportunities and robust education she has gained.

“Even though I knew I always wanted to go to college, not going to college was also a possibility. I am thankful that I am able to pursue my dreams,” said Diana.

Receiving scholarships to attend USF relieved the financial burden and motivated her to move past the hurdles a first-generation student faces every day, she said. Scholarships also served to support  her goals.

“I am an ambitious and committed student who wants to make the world a better place” said Diana, “and I wouldn’t be able to do that if I didn’t get scholarships.”

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