I also take part in ride bikes downtown because I am very much into city life. I would like to first thank PepsiCo and the HCC Foundation for your generosity of providing this PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship for Black and Hispanic students facing educational inequalities. Thank you for the opportunity to do so. Now I can just focus on my classes and learn in peace. I am a student at Houston Community College and originally from the border town of Ciudad Juarez, right across from El Paso. Any help that I have received and will receive in the future is very good and will allow me to finish college, making me the first person in my household to have done so! Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal. I cannot thank you enough. Your generosity will enable me to continue my education and will motivate me to surpass my limits as a student. I am taking these automotive courses so I can be well-educated in fixing high-technology automobiles. I look forward to my career in artificial intelligence. Im 46 years old and was born in Galveston. Doing so would not only be personally fulfilling, but it would inspire other women and people of color to pursue careers in the tech field. By awarding me the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school which is learning. I am a 36-year-old former business major, and I am truly optimistic about my future, both short- and long-term.

By awarding me with this scholarship you have lightened my financial burden, which will allow me to focus more on my education. My family cant thank you enough for giving me this amazing opportunity most people dont get. As for my long-term goals, I want to graduate from HCC, work at a body repair shop either as an estimator or a collision repairer, gain experience, and hopefully open up my own shop. I really appreciate your generosity. After my graduation I will pursue a career in computer information systems. I would like to thank you for awarding me this scholarship which will be vital in helping me achieve my educational goals. Investing my time to improve my life, not knowing what I had inside me, is an amazing feeling. I really enjoy cars, both driving and doing maintenance on them as well as researching how they function. Visit Student Financial Services. This scholarship will help me enormously in acquiring some of the necessary tools and books needed for my heavy diesel mechanic classes. My project just became my mode of transportation. I am currently getting my Associate of Applied Science at Houston Community College. I just want to give my sincere thanks for the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. In the near future I will be in pursuit of my AAS in Automotive Technology while further down the road I plan to sharpen my skills and open up my own custom auto shop. I want to thank the Foundation Scholarship for granting me the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. Life hasnt always exactly been easy for me and getting through school while working has been a struggle, but with this scholarship a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I am a recent high school graduate, I'm 19 years old and I have a passion for cars. My biggest dream is to provide for my family. I look forward to completing my cybersecurity degree soon with the ability to pursue a more stable career. Paying for college? Thank you for helping me make it happen. I am truly honored and in appreciation of your generosity. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do my best in school. The scholarship will also cover the costs of CompTIA certification exam vouchers. There were good people on this journey that helped me get to the next level. It means so much to my family and I because we are struggling financially, and this scholarship takes some relieve off our backs because of you. I currently work for Harris, County where I have been employed for 16 years. The unique PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship opportunity means a lot to me and my family. Working on vehicles became a passion of mine, seeing my husband working on motorcycles. As a woman of color, it is essential to me that I distinguish myself as a pioneer for diversity in the tech industry. As a first-generation American and the oldest of three boys, this is my opportunity to live the American Dream.

Thanks to the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship, I can worry less about paying to learn and pay more attention to getting my work done in school. etc. It has been a struggle juggling it all with little help. My family and I would like to thank the donor, the PepsiCo Foundation, and the HCC Foundation for providing me with this great opportunity.

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Seems crazy to some but thats the only way I'm going to get my hands on some of these vehicles, for they go for a premium now which is fine with me. My long-term goal is to someday become a master auto technician at a well-known dealership. I am currently studying at HCC to become an automotive tech with the dream of becoming a master technician. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. My educational goal is to complete my associate degree in computer programing and cybersecurity, then transfer to a college or university to get my bachelors degree. I plan to graduate in fall 2021. Your generous scholarship donation is appreciated. I want to thank you for allowing me to receive the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. The bulk of my professional background is in the nonprofit sector. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me. Learning graphic and web designing can enable me to freelance and profit in the digital communication market with the goal of starting my own business. After graduation, I will seek employment in the field of computer technology with the hopes of inspiring other students to achieve higher education. I am very passionate about learning about vehicles, machines, and computers; this passion has always been in my life since I was a small child. These goals I have for myself are not only for me, but they are for my family and the next generation of children/young adults that will need the guidance to get through school and pursue a career in logistics. It also helps me to reach my goal in becoming a successful Latina animator, graphic designer, illustrator and artist. The long-term goal is to have a masters degree in networking and a doctorate degree in cloud security. My long-term goals are to be able to create my own games and teach others to program games. It means so much because we are struggling financially, and this scholarship just takes some relief off our backs. I am a cybersecurity major and plan to pursue a career in cybersecurity upon graduating from Houston Community College in fall of 2021 with a cybersecurity degree. We are grateful for the generosity of PepsiCo and its donors for contributing to my education through this scholarship. This scholarship will definitely help a lot in paying for some of my classes that I otherwise would have struggled to afford. I like the aspect of household computing and in an enterprise environment, with computer networks and operating systems. I was born in Houston, but I was raised in Austin, Texas. I plan to break into information technology by taking continuing education courses. Eventually I would like to go back to school and study auto body so I can buy my dream cars salvaged! Im scared for him during this COVID season. I plan to help inspire people with the skills I have learned and to help bring my community together. I am 21years old and a resident of the Houston area. I plan to attend a four-year university to continue pursuing a career as a network engineer. Conniel Lloyd Auto Body/Collision Repair. On behalf of a grateful new collegiate entering Houston Community College, the experience has been made possible by the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship for the fall 2021 semester. I am currently enrolled at HCC taking classes as a full-time student in the automotive program. The importance of education for me and the future generation of my family will start today with this scholarship. Eliseo Gonzalez Computer Systems Networking. I have worked since I was 16 years old, learning skills in addition to my academics.

During the hard times these past two years, this opportunity is a blessing in so many ways. I want to go beyond just attaining my associate degree and to make my family proud of me. Thank you again for this blessing. I am of Nigerian descent, and my family and I moved here from Sweden in 1998. Since I was a child, I enjoyed playing with computers and as an adult my hobbies include building gaming computers and crypto mining rigs. My goal is to collaborate with other like-minded individuals to create a movement, a change, and a revolution in society. These accomplishments will empower me to continue performing youth and community work without having to depend on it for survival. I could also use the money I saved to pay for tools, which are not the cheapest. My long term goals are to own my own business/shop, and have it produce income for me. My parents are immigrants from the Caribbean. Thank you so much for accepting me. Two weeks before the fall semester I was in a car accident.

The PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship will be a tremendous help to this process. HCC Foundation empowers HCC student success through philanthropic support, aligned with key HCC institutional initiatives. I plan to get experience with different makes and models so I can have a better understanding of what's to come. My long-term goal is to become a general manager or Audi Master Tech. As a 36-year-old former business major, I am truly optimistic about my future. Once again, I want to thank you for this opportunity you have provided me. I came from El Salvador three years ago, not knowing much English, but HCC classes have gotten me ready to be a part of the continuing education program. My goal is to become a master certified technician and one day own my own shop. Jesus Flores Computer Systems Networking. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your scholarship. My name is Esteban Soto and Ive always had a love for cars since I was just a kid. My dedication and passion for computer programming has allowed me to achieve a GPA of 3.25, and I plan to work hard this semester to raise it higher. Chukwuebuka Onwuzulu Logistics and Global Supply. The thing I have wanted to do the most since I was little was to help as many people as I can. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kindness in awarding me the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. This scholarship will help me greatly because I can then pay for anything from tools to books or any required items. I was more than ecstatic to hear the news that I was selected for the amazing scholarship. I am 27 years old and was born in Stockholm, Sweden. My short-term goal in my career as an auto technician is to master the basics of this program and doing things the correct way. I still work in automotive technology, which has assisted our household and myself. I am so grateful that I didnt need to have my parents pay for my attendance.

This means a lot to me because paying for tools and books from one check is hard to do after bills are paid. I say this because its one of the main reasons Im going to college for auto body collision repair. Im the first one in my family to make it to college and I am ready to make my family proud. Recently I was provided a car for a project and thanks to the professors at school Ive successfully pulled out the engine and in the process of putting a new one in. School is expensive, especially with me working and trying to pay back taxes on my grandmother's house who recently passed away. I started off studying business and now Im furthering my education in the digital communication field to learn graphic art and web designing. My name is Benneth Akpa. Taylor C. Maxie Jr. Computer Systems Networking. My long-term goal is to become a master auto technician at a well-known dealership. This will help me with my goals tremendously, for life hasnt been exactly smooth sailing for me. I am in my second year, and I am close to graduating. I am very honored to be the recipient of this award. I am honored to be awarded the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. I am 27, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and I am a single mother of two. This scholarship will allow me to be a step closer to my goals in life. Thank you for awarding me the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. Today, I stand proud to say that I took that step and got my GED and now I am attending Houston Community College for my certification as a heavy vehicle and diesel mechanic. Hello, my name is Jacobe Cerf. Thank you for allowing me to receive the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. I come from an upbringing where opportunities were few due to the crime and economic disadvantages. After the third year I realized that the healthcare field was not for me, and it was time for me to follow my passion in technology. This opportunity comes in abundance to me since Im a full-time student, as well a full-time father of five amazing boys. In the near future, I desire to become a mechanical engineer with a focus on vehicle construction and improvements. Ive always believed in furthering my education to improve the quality of my life. These two achievements will open doors that are currently closed in terms of professional opportunities. It will also help me become a role model to my future sons and daughters, and an example to follow in my family. I am pursuing an AAS in Information Technology at Houston Community College. As a non-traditional student returning to school many decades after completing high school, it is not always easy to prioritize my education. Show people how you are a good worker. My father did not have the option to go to school.

Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to further my education through the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. This gives me more strength and more conviction to keep striving. My dream is to have a mechanic shop and learn more technical skills in areas such as diesel and foreign automobiles. My name is Jorge Munoz, I am a 26 year old student with a strong passion for computers. By awarding me with this scholarship you have lightened my financial burden, which will allow me to focus more on my education. I am a 26-year-old student with a strong passion for computers. This program has given me the opportunity to be creative and think more as a logistician even without having the degree. I went to school from elementary to high school in the Alief ISD. My short-term goals are to go to college, work, save money, and earn my certificate in collision repair. This has encouraged some of my other family members (nephews) to get on the good foot. After getting my certificate at HCC, I plan to get an associate degree in automotive technology and specialize in automotive and body collision repair. I wish to further my education and learn even more about cars and get a hands-on experience. Lance Lindley Auto Body and Collision Repair.

I have been the man of the house and took on the role of taking care of my mother. I was introduced to network engineering while I was obtaining my A+ certification. To know there is a scholarship foundation dedicated to the uplifting of minorities in this nation is truly a sign of changing times, and I could not be more grateful. I am one step closer thanks to your generosity. My family is grateful for this scholarship and want to thank you sincerely for your generosity in selecting me as one of the recipients. My father used to tell me not to leave it to luck. The possibilities and opportunities are boundless and if Im willing to put in the work, I would be able to achieve whatever I wanted. This scholarship opportunity that has been provided to me and my family has given me hope and drive to press forward and strive for higher goals. I want to learn a lot more than I know now about cars and I want to learn different areas so I can go out into the real world and find a job in almost any area of collision repair. Cristian Rodriguez Auto Body/Collision Repair. Houston Community College Heavy Diesel Mechanical Program is the best. I quickly learned a lot being on my own, in a different world, meeting other young entrepreneurial minded individuals. This scholarship will help me reach my goals in this vast field of cybersecurity. The PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship allows me to invest in my future, without compromising any of my familys immediate needs. Thank you for selecting me to receive the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. I think of this scholarship as something that brings me closer to the community. With the help of this scholarship my family will be proud of me. My educational pursuits would be difficult financially this semester without the generous donation of the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. My family and I are really thankful for your generosity of giving me this chance to receive this scholarship. My short-term goals are to become a commercial drivers, license holder and become a truck driver as a secondary career.

I am currently pursuing a degree that will get me one step closer to doing what I love for a living. The past year has been very challenging financially due to instability of the retail job market. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for this opportunity to further my education. Ive always wanted to gain the knowledge to run my own shop/garage. As a nontraditional student who has worked hard to earn a good GPA in my first year back in school, it brings me great joy to have that effort recognized. My experience at a HVAC manufacturing company has motivated me to pursue a degree in logistics and supply chain management. First, Id like to thank you for this opportunity to be one of the recipients of the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. I am grateful that this foundation was so generous to pick me of all people to help me pursue my goals; without them I dont think I would be as motivated as I am now. I'm currently attending the collision repair course at HCC, and I hope to one day make a career in this industry. My brother taught me about the technical side of computers. My short-term goal is getting my certificate as an automotive technician. I also want to help other people with estimates/repairs on their cars on my own time. The idea of how versatile a device could be sparked my interest in technology. This scholarship means so much to me and I will not take this opportunity for granted. Ive always wanted to be in business for myself since a teenager and with technology and the internet being at the forefront of business commerce, Ive decided to take digital communication courses to maximize my future business ventures. This scholarship program will help me reach my goals financially and I appreciate your generosity. This scholarship means the world to my mom because now her son can go to school without worrying about having to pay for classes or take out loans and me having to work more hours while attending school.

My short-term goal is to finish my bachelors degree and get certified in information technology. My short-term goal in my career as an auto technician is to master the basics of this program and doing things the correct way. My passion is technology and computers. Your generosity will enable me to continue my education and will motivate me to surpass my limits as a student. This past year has been really challenging with the Covid-19 pandemic but with this scholarship I will be able to get my degree in logistics and global supply chain management, which will help me in achieving my dream to be promoted to a supervisory level in my present place of work. By awarding me the PepsiCo Foundation Uplift Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. No one in my family has pursued a high-skill, high-growth job opportunity, either because its too much money, or its too hard to attain. Xochitl Reyes Video Graphics/Visual Effects. Please know that it will be invested accordingly. I have encouraged them and told them that there are many wonderful programs and scholarships such as this one that can help them. Lately I have been wondering how I am going to pay for my career in which I have nothing but the willingness to learn. It wasn't easy getting to this level of education considering the environment around me and other factors that held me back. I hope to set an example for my family and pave a way for a better future. I live with my mother and I work at Office Depot. I grew up in a low-income, single-parent household with an undocumented mother and a family of six. I am very passionate about my career in visual communication specializing in graphic design. She worked as much as she could to make ends meet and to provide for my brother and I as best as she could. It certainly is not taken for granted. My short-term goals are to obtain a scholarship and to get a car. With21 locationsaround Houston, there's an HCC campus near you. Thank you for awarding me the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship via the HCC Foundation. My family has been struggling financially since my father left. Once again, thank you for awarding me with this fantastic opportunity. The PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship has lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the more important aspects of my education. As an immigrant to the United States, getting this scholarship to aid my educational pursuit is a dream come true. I am truly grateful and honored to be a part of such a special program. My family and I are very thankful for receiving your thoughtful and generous gift. I was born and raised in Houston by my mom and my grandmother. Pedro Matul Computer Systems Networking. This scholarship will help me to gain the knowledge needed to get me where I want to be within the company. I am so grateful. Hello, my name is Ryan Clarke. I plan to take more certification courses in spring and fall 2022 to re-enter the workforce. My short-term goal is getting my certificate as an automotive technician. The hands-on portion of the program not only gives me the experience I want and need, but it also allows me to put my textbook knowledge to the test. Im from Houston, Texas. Estimate your costs by semester with our tuition calculator. I am honored to be selected by the PepsiCo Uplift scholarship. In El Salvador I was a science and computer engineer; I graduated nine years ago. I am a certified surgical technologist and have been in this field a little over three years. Coming out of prison at the age of 32 was a very hard transition, but luckily I have my fianc there to support me and help get me back into the workforce. This will open more doors for my kids, teaching them that owning your own business is far better than working for someone else, which is not bad either. After obtaining my degree I plan to establish a woman-owned franchise of automotive services for customers. Education was not rooted in my family, and I wanted to break the cycle. I was raised in a single-parent home and grew up in two different places the Texas Gulf Coast and the West Coast in South Central Los Angeles. This has been nothing short of a miracle, and the automotive program is perfect for me because I love cars and it will allow me to pursue my passion for cars. I suffer from bipolar disorder and depression, so being in college and learning how to think strategically and to analyze business problems has and is helping me mentally. I was taught that if you want something you better go an earn it. I was happy to receive the news that I am a recipient of the PepsiCo Uplift Scholarship. There is a great demand for auto technicians like me. My family and I gladly thank you for giving me this opportunity, and it means everything to my mother especially. Christopher Newkirk Computer System Networking. I know that without this scholarship, I would have been unable to do so. They are proud of me for going back to school. Thank you for making the process that much easier. I plan to use my scholarship funds to continue taking classes and training in cybersecurity. The scholarship will be applied directly to my tuition and books for the fall semester which more than overwhelms me with joy, and I am greatly appreciative. My short-term goals are to graduate with a degree in artificial intelligence at HCC and to one day become a teacher and inspire students to keep learning just like the teachers that inspire me. I again would like to thank you for selecting me for this scholarship. I have worked for Community Health Choice a little over five years and have enjoyed every moment. With this scholarship, I will be able to both fulfill my goals and pay it forward. Being a distinguished recipient of this scholarship will allow me to reach my academic goals and to help my family. The computer science program at Houston Community College has been instrumental in helping me blaze a trail of success for this next chapter of my life. Again, words cannot express how grateful I am for your generosity. I am a computer systems and networking major specializing in cybersecurity. Thank you again for the opportunity you have given myself and my family. My educational passions are learning more about vehicles and how each mechanism works. My educational passion is learning more about vehicles and how each and every mechanism works. Just like my father I want to be a role model for my nieces and nephews. It is said that when others believe and invest in you, it motivates you to believe and to continue to invest more in yourself. Im so excited to be one of the students chosen to receive this beautiful scholarship. I plan to find a good job in the automotive industry, making good pay and then taking a leap of faith by opening my own tuning shop and hiring people like me are eager to learn and build cars.