Our Stories: Elias, Scholar (2014)

Elias is an immigrant from El Salvador who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in only three-and-a-half years while maintaining a 3.7 GPA, serving as co-captain of the tennis team, and working part-time. Encouraged by hospital staff who expressed amazement at how well he had treated a friend’s machete wound with a first-aid kit that his uncle had given to him when he was a child, he plans to study nursing at Northern Virginia Community College.