Yormelis Vazquez

 18-year-old Yormelis Vazquez, from Camden, New Jersey, is a freshman at Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey. Yormelis is BFCFund's inaugural $500 scholarship recipient.

18-year-old Yormelis Vazquez, from Camden, New Jersey, is a freshman at Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey. Yormelis is BFCFund's inaugural $500 scholarship recipient.

 
 

Yormelis' story

"My childhood was dominated by adulthood; Instead of going outside or playing with dolls, I was helping my grandmother take care of my great grandparents in Puerto Rico. Every morning, I would wake up early just to watch my great grandpa feed the birds on the balcony, and during lunch, I ran home from school just to receive my great grand-mom's blessing. Eventually, the birds went unfed, and my great grandmother’s blessings became a memory that turned into a promise – I would never turn down opportunities that life presents. When an opportunity comes my way, I grab it. Once It gets a hold of me, I don't let go until I fulfill it. I have the courage to be tenacious, and I always keep my promises; promises that will never vanish just like my love for my great grand­mom and my great grandpa. They impacted my life and I will make them proud.
I am a young woman who from birth, has lived with my grandmother and arrived in the United States with a dream, a dream to take advantage of every opportunity that became available for me. I have fulfilled that dream. My biggest challenge was the language barrier. When I came to the United States from Puerto Rico 4 years ago, I didn't speak a word of English. But I have worked hard; I have exhausted all of the resources available, with the help of the directors of Urban Promise Academy and my teachers, who have been the greatest support for me. Being a young woman of the first generation in my family to attend a University, I feel the pressure of working ten times harder so as not to disappoint my family. By receiving, a Black Friday College Fund scholarship, it will help me financially and enable me to continue in my dream to become a Doctor.”