Rebecca Martinez was born in Mexico and became a naturalized citizen at 15. She lives in Livingston with her family. When she graduated from Livingston High, she had to put her educational goals on hold for a time in order to help support her family.
“She has never given up that dream, and although being a student has created challenges for her and her family … she has a strong belief in herself and knows that the sacrifices she is making now, will pay off in the future," Professor Jeanie Clifford said.
Now she is able to attend Merced College and we are so pleased to have her! Martinez chose Merced College for our reputation as a school of excellence. Our college motto, "Students are our focus and we are known by their success," is important to her.
In fact, Rebecca took Professor Clifford’s class along with her daughter. Based on her scholarships, grades and professor recommendations, she is an exceptional role model to her daughters and to anyone fortunate enough to know her.
“She is the kind of student who reaches out to others to offer help and assistance. Students who worked with her in my class benefitted from her intellect, compassion, and uplifting comments," Clifford said.
Martinez is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and Professor Clifford, her nominating professor, states that Rebecca was concerned that class would be difficult.
"Her fears were unwarranted, and she has earned a 4.0 GPA in her courses," Clifford said. "She has been attending Merced College for three years and looks forward to becoming a member of one our honor societies.”