Latina student receives $100,000 scholarship to attend Harvard University

Giovanna Robledo (second from the right) and her friends on graduation day at Olympian High School, in Chula Vista.

By Pablo J. Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego

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“I know I’m very blessed”
Chula Vista student receives $100,000 scholarship to attend Harvard University

SAN DIEGO — When Giovanna Robledo was in elementary school, she saw in the news a report about the immigrants who die trying to cross the border in the desert. Her mother, Andre Robledo, said Giovanna told her, “Mom, we should put water in the desert so that they won’t die of thirst.”

Since an early age, Giovanna has shown an interest in helping others, especially undocumented immigrants and their families.

Her career goal of becoming an immigration lawyer to helped the 17-year-old focus in excelling outside and inside of school.

Giovanna Robledo (second from the right) and her friends on graduation day at Olympian High School, in Chula Vista.

Giovanna Robledo (second from the right) and her friends on graduation day at Olympian High School, in Chula Vista.

Throughout her four years at Olympian High School, in Chula Vista, she maintained a 4.5 grade point average, and was involved in different extracurricular activities. During her senior year, Giovanna was student body president, and she graduated this week as the valedictorian of her class. This fall she will attend Harvard University, where she will major in psychology with plans to enter law school to specialize in immigration law.

“Immigration, that’s what I’m passionate about,” she said. “I want to help illegal immigrants who are struggling; I want to help their families.”

In the past year, Giovanna has…

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