Esperanza Rueda joined the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) team in April 2013 as a Gates Millennium Scholars Program Coordinator. In this role, she works with potential candidates and current Gates Scholars on the application and renewal processes, graduate school planning, and academic and career counseling.
Ms. Rueda has over 10 years of experience in the field of education and has had various roles interacting with students, from kindergarten to college. She began to gain experience working with students during her undergraduate years as an Instructional Assistant at an elementary school in Woodland Unified School District. After graduating from college, she became an independent tutor, providing tutoring services to students in low-income communities throughout the city of Los Angeles.
Ms. Rueda has worked with middle school students as a Spanish teacher and in after school programs. She has also had experience with nonprofit organizations, such as THINK Together. Ms. Rueda had the opportunity to serve as a Site Coordinator during her time with THINK Together and worked with elementary students and the school community to provide extended learning programs to children. Before joining HSF, she was a School Counselor Intern at Roosevelt High School, preparing students for college and life after high school.
Ms. Rueda graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Bachelors of Arts in Chicano/a Studies, with a minor in Education. She also attended the University of La Verne, where she earned a Master’s of Science in Educational Counseling, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Ms. Rueda comes from a family of four children. Her parents emigrated from Mexico and met in the United States. She is the first in her family to attend college. She has a strong passion to work with students and enjoys encouraging them to attain higher education.
My motivation is to assist Scholars in becoming successful professionals within their communities. Knowing that I am helping them continue with their educations and making some type of difference in their lives only reiterates the reason why I enjoy working in the field of education. I believe all students should have access to quality education and follow their dreams, no matter their background, sex, religion, and socio-economic status.