Maria Perez, Arlington, TX
Maria Perez, the eldest of three siblings graduated from the University of Texas Austin in May with a double major: Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in French. She is from a low-income, first-generation household; both parents are from Mexico. Prior to her graduation, she was able to study abroad in Belgium. She deferred law school entrance in order to complete a two-year commitment to Teach for America; she will teach middle school math in Atlanta, Georgia.