Paralegal and Gates Millennium Scholarship Winner Pursues Education Despite Obstacles
California paralegal Maria Ruiz has not had an easy life. As a child born to an impoverished family, she was picking and carrying 80-pound sacks of citrus fruit at 11 years of age. But she set her goals high and in high school won a Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.
In 2006, Ruiz graduated with a degree in paralegal studies
from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. She “is finishing up her last general-education courses before transferring to Fresno Pacific University to pursue her bachelor’s degree.” Then she hopes to attend law school.
I hope you’ll read the inspiring feature story at the Visalia Times-Delta
about this amazing and hard-working paralegal who continues to pursue advanced education, even while caring for a young son with a serious chronic illness.
Practical Paralegalism wishes Maria Ruiz the very best for her future success in her continued studies and academic achievements. She’s an excellent role model not only for the paralegal profession, but also for working mothers raising their families while going to school.