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Héctor Robledo manages to finish his master’s degree with scholarships at the University of North Texas in Dallas | Univision 23 Dallas Ft. Worth KUVN

DALLAS, Texas.- At 25 years old, Hector Robledo you can say that you have already fulfilled his american dream: He graduated with a master’s degree, bought his house and now help other young Hispanics to continue with their studies and/or start a business.

Héctor arrived in the United States when he was only two years old. He was brought by his parents Lucila Martinez and Hector Robledo, who encouraged him to continue studying.

“The American dream is what you want to do with your life”refers Robledo.

After finishing high school, Héctor got two jobs one at Domino’s Pizza and one at a Community College.

“I worked at Dominos Pizza and apart from that I had a second job at school as well,” recalls Robledo.

“It was very hard because spent a lot of time working. I remember that he would go out at 2 or 3 in the morning to put the deposit of the Domino’s Pizza”, says Robledo.

He did this because his goal was clear: to obtain a scholarship for a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

“I knew I wanted to do great things”: says Héctor Robledo

After hours of effort and work, Héctor Robledo achieved the DREAM US National Scholarship with his DAC status.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and went on to pursue his master’s studies.

He is also a student success coach at Dallas College, his goal is to help guide and inspire other young people with similar backgrounds.

“I already knew that I was going to do great things, I knew I had a goal I was going to do“, remember.

He also received the Newman Civic Scholarship that Robert Mong, president of UNT Dallasawards each year to a student for their commitment to solving problems of inequality.

Three scholarships, work and effort: formula to finish university without debt

Hector achieved what many migrants or even residents of the United States would like: finish college debt-free.

His studies were supported by the National DREAM US Scholarship, the Newman Civic Scholarship and he also received tuition funds from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Other jobs he had to pay for his studies were within UNT Dallas as an administrative associate in the School of Law and an academic adviser in the same university.

What’s next for Héctor Robledo is help other young people with DACA or Hispanic migrants to finish their studies.

He has detected some limitations such as the lack of access to the internet and technologies, in addition to time because migrant students have various jobs or are parents.

“Many of the students are parents too and normally they need to work and most of the courses are online and it is very hard to navigate in different applications”, he comments.

What Héctor Robledo recommends to those who seek to continue their studies is to look for scholarships at Immigrants Rising, get involved in academic projects or that universities offer in exchange for tuition support.

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