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GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Scholarships Help First-Generation Student Graduate from Atlantic Cape

May 16, 2013

Twenty-year-old Zuleika Delgado has a lot to be proud of this year. The Cape May Court House resident will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“Graduating means that my dreams are becoming a reality, and it gives me happiness to know that my family is proud of me,” Delgado said.

Delgado plans to become a medical doctor to help people live longer, fuller lives. However, she wouldn’t have had an opportunity to pursue her goal of helping others if not for scholarships

“Scholarships paid for most of my classes when I lost my financial aid,” she said.

Now, Delgado can graduate debt-free, a goal some college students only dream about.

“Atlantic Cape is filled with amazing advisors, professors and students who have allowed me to have an excellent experience for my first two years of college,” Delgado said. “They have shown me that there is more to college than taking classes and going home.”

During her time at Atlantic Cape, Delgado served as Rotaract Club president. During her tenure, she learned how to lead a team and realized the value of giving back.

“Being involved with the Rotaract Club has allowed me to see that there is more to life than just yourself,” Delgado said. “There are people in the world who need your help with the smallest things—for instance, simply donating a pair of shoes can change someone’s life.”

After graduating from Atlantic Cape on May 23 with an associate degree in general studies, Delgado will continue her education at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology.

“As long as you are happy with what you are doing and where you are in life, you are successful,” Delgado said.

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