As a senior in high school, Jessica Mederos ’10 was
determined to study business in college and pursue a profitable career. But her
experience at Loyola Marymount University helped the 2009 Donald P. Merrifield,
S.J., Scholarship recipient pursue a different career path.
“I want to get a master’s degree in counseling, and promote
higher education to high school students,” said Mederos, who is a double-major
in business and Spanish. “I want to give back to the community any way I can
and help my family, especially my parents, who have always been supportive.”
Mederos’ desire to counsel high school students,
particularly minority students, developed through her extracurricular and
service activities at LMU. She has worked for Chicano Latino Student Services,
served as president for LMU’s Spanish Club and volunteered for El Espejo, an after-school tutoring
program. Also, Mederos works as a translator for the Dolores Huerta Foundation,
a nonprofit organization that works for fair and equal access to health and
human services for disadvantaged people in California’s Central Valley.
“I really enjoy encouraging high school students to succeed
and listening to their stories. Some of them even come from neighboring
communities, and although we may have very different life experiences, I can
still relate to them,” said Mederos.
The Mexican American Alumni Association awards the Merrifield
Scholarship annually to a senior who demonstrates academic excellence,
leadership, and a commitment to social justice. Mederos said being a recipient
will help lessen her financial burden and allow her to participate in more
“I am so thankful to MAAA, and I really appreciate that I
was chosen. I’m the oldest of four siblings and the first in my family to go to
college. We’re all happy, because it’s one less financial worry for the whole
family,” Mederos said.
Mederos will be among the many scholars honored at the 28th
Annual MAAA – Latinos for Education Scholarship Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov.
5. To learn more about making contributions that help LMU students seize new
opportunities, please visit www.lmu.edu/maaa
or call Edgar Aguirre at 310.338.5878.
Photo: Mederos (left) with her sister.
Posted October 26, 2009