See My Success: Forest Hill High School Senior’s Perseverance at Home and in the Classroom Earns Her Recognition as a Leaders for Life Scholarship Finalist
Forest Hill High School senior Victoria Estevez received a very welcome surprise while sitting in her English class this week. Representatives from the Take Stock in Children organization joined Forest Hill High School Principal Dr. Mary Stratos in honoring Victoria as one of 12 student finalists in this year’s Leaders for Life fellowship program.
As a Leaders for Life finalist, Victoria will receive a new Apple computer and will be considered along with 11 of her peers from across the state to receive one of six $40,000 college scholarships.
The word “perseverance” is an understatement when it comes to Victoria. She is the main caregiver to her two siblings, her 95-year-old great-grandmother, and her grandmother, who is battling cancer.
“My entire summer was spent at doctor’s appointments and hospitals,” Victoria shares. “My grandmother – she’s just always been there for us. So I feel like now, when she needs us the most, it’s important for me to be there for her.”
Balancing family responsibilities with school work hasn’t always been easy, but Victoria has taken everything in stride. She’s maintained a 3.76 GPA, is currently taking two courses at Palm Beach State College, and has amassed 500 community service hours. Upon graduation, she’ll continue her studies in college with the goal of one day becoming a neurologist.
“Take Stock is my life. These kids are my passion, and I am just so proud that we can help kids like this really achieve their goals,” said Nancy Stellway, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children Palm Beach.
The Leaders for Life program is designed to enable highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars that have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character and academic success, to excel in a university environment by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to empower them to develop to their fullest potential. More than 100 top students from across Florida apply for the Leaders for Life fellowship program each year.