Finding and applying for scholarships to attend college or a post-secondary school isn’t easy. Especially when you are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Connie Orozco was protected under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from 2015-2017. She had a social security number but wasn’t able to apply for financial aid due to her status. Finding scholarships was also very difficult- one of the only available scholarships she COULD apply for was the one offered by the Foundations of East Chicago (FEC).

Connie is a junior studying mechanical engineering technology at Purdue University Northwest. She is also President of the Society of Hispanic Engineers and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers BAJA team.

“Receiving the FEC scholarship has granted me the opportunity to further advance my education and work towards getting my degree at Purdue Northwest,” Connie said. “I will forever be thankful for this opportunity! Especially because of my citizenship status.”

As of June 2018, Connie is now a U.S. Permanent Resident.

Learn more on how you can apply for an FEC Scholarship by clicking here.