Maricruz Gutierrez is GMS Program Coordinator. She works directly with Gates Scholars to help them preserve their scholarship during times of crisis or transitioning into the next level of education. She is a liaison between Gate Scholars, Financial Aid Officers and the GMS Team to resolve financial aid issues. In addition, Maricruz works one on one with newly selected Gates Scholars to support them as they transition into their first year of college.
Maricruz earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Minor in Comparative Literature at California State University, Long Beach. She earned her Masters of Science in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel School Counseling Credential (PPSC) at National University. Maricruz has worked in a variety of educational forums. Her academic advising experience encompasses a diverse population such as first generation, low-income, high school, undergraduates, graduate and non-traditional students all across the country. Maricruz is a first generation college student and HSF Alumni. She understands the complexity and importance of higher education. Her passion lies in empowering individuals to enrich their lives through education.
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