Our Stories: Cristhian, Scholar (2014)

Cristhian is a recent immigrant who was forced to abandon his medical studies in El Salvador when he lost his mother to cancer. After coming to the United States, he returned to high school, maintaining a 3.75 GPA while working full-time at a restaurant, where he started as a dishwasher and earned promotions to management positions within eight months. This JBG Scholar plans to study international business at Northern Virginia Community College.