Gloria Montiel Makes History As First Undocumented Student To Receive Ph.D.

Gloria Montiel Makes History As First Undocumented Student To Receive Ph.D.

Gloria Montiel Makes History As First Undocumented Student To Receive Ph.D.

This May, Gloria will become the first undocumented student to receive a Ph.D. from the prestigious Claremont Graduate University.

She’s amazing! Gloria has always been involved in her community, creating parent centers and after-school math programs at local schools, and even helping to launch a program to provide cheap WiFi access to low-income families.

Here’s her story!

Gloria Montiel came to the US with her parents and younger brother and sister in 1995.

While Gloria’s parents worked jobs in restaurants, she and her siblings studied, hard.

Her hard work paid off when in 2005, she became the first student from Santa Ana High School (CA) to be accepted to Harvard.  Not only was she accepted, but she received a full scholarship.

After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language, Gloria got her Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Learning and Teaching, the first undocumented student to do so.

But the firsts don’t stop there.  This May, Gloria will become the first undocumented student to receive a Ph.D. from the prestigious Claremont Graduate University.

Gloria has always been involved in her community, creating parent centers and after-school math programs at local schools, and even helping to launch a program to provide cheap WiFi access to low-income families.

After getting her Ph.D. Gloria will continue to help low-income communities in Santa Ana by writing grants for Latino Health Access.  Her writing has already helped the non-profit raise 5 million dollars for different programs.

What a beautiful example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish, no matter your circumstances.

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