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.