Luis A. Diaz is the Program Assistant for the Gates Millennium Scholar Program, in which the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is a partner. He helps students who have applied for, and those who have been awarded, a Gates Millennium Scholarship, with services provided throughout the year, to help ensure success.
Prior to joining HSF, Mr. Diaz worked for the Walt Disney Travel Company, where he assisted guests from all parts of the world to become familiar with the Disneyland Resort Parks before visiting. Mr. Diaz also worked on campus while attaining his undergraduate degree at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. As a student employee, he availed himself of a range of professional experiences, including stints in University Housing and Admissions, as well as being a Student Ambassador for the office of Admissions and Outreach, working closely with the Cultural Centers as a Social Justice Leader to promote student diversity on campus, and working in Student Affairs. His active role as a student leader at Cal Poly Pomona has driven him to stay connected with students seeking to achieve a higher education.
Mr. Diaz received his Bachelor’s Degree in Gender Ethnic and Multicultural Studies with an emphasis in Chicano/Latino Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mr. Diaz is the youngest of three children. Like many of our HSF Scholars, his parents emigrated from Mexico and made sure to instill in their children a sense of determination to succeed. Mr. Diaz feels privileged and thankful that his older siblings served as role models to pave the way for the success that he has been able to accomplish. He has his sights on, and reports that he is ready to achieve, an advanced degree.
It is gratifying to know that our work here at HSF is for the community, but most importantly for Chicano/Latinos seeking to fill the educational pipeline. Knowing that we are helping students be aware of the resources that are available to achieve a higher education, and that they are reaching out to HSF, shows that we are making a difference in helping scholars achieve their academic goals.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” –Barack Obama