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"I learned to see the world differently...I turned all my energy to help those in need."

Eva Ambriz
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
John and Beverly Stauffer Scholar

Surrounded by drug-addicted relatives in East Los Angeles, Eva Ambriz was 12 when her mother returned to Mexico without her. She had to adapt to a new culture and learn a new language. It was watching her uncle's losing battle with AIDS that inspired Eva to focus on helping others.

Now at Cal Poly Pomona, Eva is working on her single-subject teaching credential and aspiring to complete her master's degree in education. Always eager to teach at-risk individuals, Eva is a Prison Education Project volunteer, teaching 90-minute classes to inmates in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation weekly. She also volunteers at the Pomona Day Labor Center, teaching English as a second language.

Eva hopes to apply her life experiences and education to teach science at a continuation high school.