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Hartnell College student Rafael Mendoza was one of three recipients in the country selected by the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) to receive the 2017 AHSIE Seed-to-Tree Scholarship.

“As a high-achieving Engineering major, Rafael is a shining example of the immense talent and grit that Hartnell students possess,” Bronwyn Moreno, Hartnell’s director of student affairs, said in a news release. “Rafael has persevered through great adversity and emerged as a selfless leader, a brilliant scholar, and a humble and kind young man.”

Mendoza serves as the president of the Associated Students of Hartnell College and in first cohort of the Men’s Institute for Leadership and Education, according to the news release.

He was selected from a pool of over 80 applicants from across the country. The two other recipients of the scholarship are also from California: Joanna Beltran Giron, a student at UC Santa Cruz; and Alvaro Castillo, from CSU Northridge.

The three winners each will receive a $500 cash reward and complimentary travel to the annual AHSIE conference at the University of Nevada on April 9-12.

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